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    Haiti Programs

    Part IV Completed: February 2016

    With the help and generosity of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, CCC was able to return to Haiti for the fourth time since 2013. It is important to note that cervical cancer is known as an AIDS-defining cancer. Women with HIV/AIDS have a much greater chance of acquiring and dying from cervical cancer. The grant we received from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation allowed us to advance our work in Haiti with a focus on the HIV/AIDS population. We hired local health workers to educate women in remote, resource-poor communities where there is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS about the importance of annual cervical cancer screening. Additionally, we visited our existing “See and Treat” centers in order to check the status of the equipment, verify the proficiency and confidence of our trained doctors and nurses, and replenish their supplies. Lastly, we were able to provide a full “Clinic in a Suitcase” to Nurse Marie Ann Durosier. She has been instrumental to our success in Haiti and is incredibly passionate about this work. She continues to not only screen and treat women in her community, but also trains other healthcare professionals and helps us obtain monthly reports from our clinics in Haiti.

    Part III Completed: August 2015

    In partnership with International Medical Corps, Dr. Jennifer Lang led the CureCervicalCancer team to Cap-Haitien in August 2015. We are proud that our ambitious goal of establishing ELEVEN new “See and Treat” centers was carried out successfully. In addition, we screened and treated nearly 300 women for precancerous cervical lesions.

    Each day, the team traveled to a different region of the North and Northeastern Departments of Haiti to train and certify healthcare professionals. These doctors, nurses, and midwives will continue screening for cervical cancer and treating precancerous lesions for years to come. We have great confidence in our trainees because they were all dedicated and hard-working, with years of commitment to their respective health centers. Moreover, each healthcare professional we certified in “See and Treat” performed VIA and cryotherapy with precision, care, and confidence.

    Haiti is an impoverished, resource-poor country with the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world. We are excited to have more equipment and trained professionals in this region to provide care for women who need it most.

    Part II Completed: September 2014

    In September 2014, the CureCervicalCancer team returned to Haiti to launch Phase II of our Haiti Program. On this mission, CCC board member, Dr. Jennifer Lang, and three CCC pre-medical student interns, Jacquelyn Dang, Stephen Morris, and Shivam Zaver, returned to our clinics in Borgne and Cap-Haitien to retrain, reeducate, and resupply our local, cryotherapy healthcare professionals.

    In addition, we also trained new cryotherapy healthcare professionals from the remote region of Tibuk, a highly underserved community, where we established an additional permanent, sustainable program (The Phyllis Clinic Tibuk) for the detection and treatment of precancerous cervical lesions. Without a doubt, these clinics will stand as a beacon of hope in Haiti, which was hit hard by the terrible earthquake in 2010, granting access to life-saving healthcare to thousands of women for many years to come. CureCervicalCancer is committed to rebuilding a stronger, healthier Haiti for the countless generations of Haitians to follow.

    The extremely high rates of HPV and HIV are causing an epidemic of cervical cancer in the Caribbean nations. Women’s health needs have been largely ignored in Haiti for virtually all of recent history, but since the great earthquake little if any focus on cervical cancer screening and treatment has occurred.

    Part I Completed: December 2013

    In December 2013, Cure Cervical Cancer sent a team to Northern Haiti with the renowned Rose-Marie Chierici, Ph.D, the executive director of “Haiti Outreach-Pwoje Espwa” (H.O.P.E.).

    CureCervicalCancer set up 2 sustainable See and Treat clinics! Our first destination was the Community Hospital in Borgne, located an hour’s drive on a dirt road from Cap-Haitien. We accomplished our goal to train the existing staff (Dr. Thony Voltaire and nurses Nirley, Adeline, and  Amilouse), screen and treat 500 women in 5 days, and set up a fully sustainable See and Treat clinic.

    We also traveled to Cap-Haitien by invitation of International Medical Corps (IMC), the largest global disaster relief non-profit organization, to set up a second clinic at the Hospital Fort Saint Michel. This was be the first CCC-IMC collaborative cervical cancer “See and Treat” clinic! IMC sent a nurse (Anne Durosier) and a doctor (Dr. Virginia Chevalier) to attend our training session in Borgne in order to learn how to perform the procedure. The clinicians then returned with the CCC team to Cap-Haitien later on in the week to set up the second permanent, fully-sustainable cervical cancer “See and Treat” clinic at the Hospital Fort Saint Michel, and helped to train other nurses at the hospital in the procedure as well.

    The extremely high rates of HPV and HIV are causing an epidemic of cervical cancer in the Caribbean nations. Women’s health needs have been largely ignored in Haiti for virtually all of recent history, but since the great earthquake little if any focus on cervical cancer screening and treatment has occurred.
    Please visit our blog and Facebook page for updates on the Haiti Project.

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