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.
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