February 15th, 2023
Guidance in Haiti
This past year, with inter-agency collaborations within Haiti, the Association Des Homéopathes Haïtiens (AHH) championed a mobile healthcare system that served thousands who were traumatized by the August 2021 earthquake. Prior to establishing each new clinic site, the mobile clinic co-directors interviewed regional Ministry of Health authorities and local community leaders to learn more about the community’s healthcare resources and needs. In community after community, an already weakened healthcare system was experiencing the dwindling availability of medicines and practitioners, especially this last year.
Clinic teams, supported by HWB, assisted more than 4,200 people from August 2021 to June 2022, visiting 18 communities in the zone affected by the earthquake. Each community clinic site had one follow-up visit and phone access to the mobile clinic co-directors. June 2022, the Department of Epidemiology within the Ministry of Health sponsored an AHH mobile clinic at a town that was affected by a skin infection outbreak. They served over 230 people in that community.
Word is spreading about the quality of care and patient satisfaction with homeopathic treatment. We will continue to support AHH’s mission to “facilitate access to health care for the poorest by providing homeopathic care." Together we have outlined a three-year plan that will allow for the gradual expansion of clinics across the country while also training regionally located medical providers how to effectively use homeopathic medicines. This strategy also includes building a network of clinic teams to be trained for Emergency Response clinics.
Partnering With Nibezun
The pilot-year program for the Penobscot Nation community offered a telehealth homeopathic clinic. Partnering with Nibezun, we hired a clinic coordinator, created and convened a community advisory council, networked with community health services, and provided 12 monthly free/low cost telehealth homeopathic clinics that are HIPAA compliant and serve patients regardless of age, health condition, or financial status.
The clinic is staffed by HWB volunteer professional homeopaths from Maine. They provided 180 hours of service during the pilot year. Due to the nature of the pandemic, it was challenging to reach as many people as we had hoped to. Despite multiple communication efforts, Nibezun staff recognized that the lock-down situation interrupted their primary communal means and style of information sharing.
We look forward to building on our partnership over the next three years. The partnership received a two-year grant from the Maine Access to Health Foundation to expand services to the Wabanaki tribal network. Additional support from the Fisher Charitable Foundation will sponsor HWB’s Fundamentals of Homeopathy for medically licensed professionals within the Wabanaki tribal and community networks.
Last month, HWB Clinical Director, Lauren Fox FNP-BC, CCH provided a full day continuing education program via Zoom to Haitian homeopaths. The homeopaths who attended the seminar represent over 10 years of teaching and treating together. HWB thanks the Haitian homeopaths who are continuing their work, organizing mobile clinics and providing health care in the most underserved areas of their country, and HWB's generous donors who are helping to fund the mobile clinic project.
Since yesterday morning (January 24), Haiti has been rocked by back-to-back earthquakes. The first 5.3-magnitude quake occurred two miles south-southeast of Anse-à-Veau, sending Haitians into the streets of Les Cayes. Les Cayes is still in recovery from the 7+ magnitude quake which devastated that area on August 14, and Haitian homeopaths have been traveling by whatever means possible to this area and provide care at mobile clinics.
A second tremor on January 24, registering 5.1 magnitude was centered about 2.5miles west-southwest of Petite Rivière de Nippes, 106 km. from Port-au-Prince.
Haitian homeopaths report that in addition to 2 deaths, 50+ injuries and 782 homes destroyed, the people are traumatized. "They are afraid to go into their homes," reports Dr. Joey Prosper.
The HWB-trained team of Haitian Homeopaths will do a follow-up clinic in Port Salut area this weekend and are making preparations to go to this new earthquake zone possibly as soon as Monday. Clinical directors, Dr. Joey Prosper and Israel Joseph, RNP, know all too well what another traumatic event means for these communities. They want to get a team there as soon as possible.
HWB’s Community-partnered clinics launched with the nonprofit organization, Nibezun
HWB continues to focus on community and supporting good health despite challenges this past year due to the pandemic. This summer, the first of HWB’s Community-partnered clinics launched with the nonprofit organization, Nibezun. Nibezun serves the Wabanaki confederacy of the tribal nations of Maine.
The clinic is staffed by volunteer homeopaths from Maine, with clinical direction from HWB’s Lauren Fox, FNP-BC, CCH.
For many indigenous people, health is very much related to family, to community, and to nature as well as physical wellbeing. HWB is excited to initiate the first HWB Community-partnered clinic in the continental United States.
Homeopathy Today recently spoke with Holly Manoogian, CCH, Executive Director of HWB, to learn about our latest effort at Nibezun. Thank you to NCH and HT for the article and for the opportunity to share it.
Since the earthquake of August 14 and ongoing tropical storms, HWB-trained Haitian homeopaths have answered the call. They travel by whatever means available to the towns in the Les Cayes region to set up mobile clinics, helping those in need. Small but nimble teams of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and Homéopathes Communataires treat upwards of 60-70 people a day at clinics which rotate from village to town. Follow up clinics are also integrated into the schedule to address ongoing medical care including psychological needs.
Because of YOUR support, the Haitian homeopaths continue to be some of the first providers onsite after natural disasters and civil unrest.
These generous practitioners provide essential medical care for fractures, wounds, trauma and shock, as well as the after effects of life with poor quality drinking water and limited food.
Haitian medical practitioners trained by HWB in homeopathy travel to outlying areas where care is most needed. On a busy clinic day in Savinette (photos below), clinicians each saw 20-30 patients. With fuel for cars costing $11 per liter ($44 per gallon) just filling their tanks with gas to travel to Cap Haitien (where the next clinics will be held) will be a huge challenge.