The recent cholera epidemic in Haiti has critically stressed the already fragile infrastructure of community health care. Hopital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti (HCBH) is a facility registered by MSPP, Haiti’s Ministry of Health, and has been providing life saving primary healthcare since 2006.
In 2011, in partnership with a number of agencies including Doctors Without Borders and Haiti’s Ministry of Health, HCBH helped develop North Haiti’s largest cholera treatment center. This center has provided care to over 10,000 patients, supporting an estimated 80% of North Haiti’s cholera cases.
In addition to the hospital’s cholera response, they also run a 24/7 health center with laboratory, pharmacy, consultation, emergency room and health education. In 2010 the center provided care for over 18,000 beneficiaries, providing life saving support. The development of this urgent work has been inhibited, as international support has focused on Haiti’s post-disaster needs, rather than the long term primary health care situation.
THHT is financially supporting HCBH’s community health care efforts, investing in its full time Haitian staff, on-going operational costs, and the hospitals’ feeding program for vulnerable patients.