Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haiti : Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Aurélie Jousset/MSH}Joseph Borgelain inserts the cartridge into the PIMA machine to perform a rapid CD4 test for Paul.Photo credit: Aurélie Jousset/MSH

Two-year-old Paul had been sick for several days. On October 12, 2013, his aunt Marie brought him to the Jules Fleury Hospital in the Nippes department of Haiti. Two weeks prior, Paul’s mother, who is HIV-positive, had left for Port-au-Prince in search of work, leaving Paul in the care of his aunt.

Tilma, a traditional birth attendant in rural Haiti, holds Ilionelle’s healthy baby boy. {Photo credit: W. Gedeon / MSH}Photo credit: W. Gedeon / MSH

One April night, 19-year-old Ilionelle was struggling to give birth at her home in rural northwest Haiti. After several hours, she began having seizures, a clear indication of eclampsia, a severe medical disorder that can lead to the death of the mother, the baby, or both.Tilma, the traditional birth attendant (TBA) helping Ilionelle, quickly identified these life-threatening symptoms and arranged for her transport to Beraca Hospital for emergency obstetric care.

SDSH staff, Dr. Emmanuel Fils Salnave and Michaelle Chérisson meet with Gabriel for his first HIV counseling session. Gabriel is the first HIV-positive patient that this health center enrolled in an antiretroviral treatment program. {Photo credit: Gumy Dorvilmar/MSH.}Photo credit: Gumy Dorvilmar/MSH.

The USAID-funded project, Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH), implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), recently opened an antiretroviral (ARV) center in southern Haiti. The launch of this center took place in the presence of the local director of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jean Bernard Février, and the USAID representative, Mr. Clint Cavanaugh.The new center will increase HIV prevention services and access to counseling and antiretroviral treatment (ART) for people living with HIV.

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