September 19, 2017
Voices From The Field: Françoise in Les Cayes, Haiti
Among other activities, we’re fighting alongside the Haitian health services to prevent cholera epidemics from debilitating Haitian communities. After assisting those displaced by the earthquake, and providing life-saving surgery and health treatment, including 580,000 consultations and 800 surgical operations in the year following the earthquake, we turned to Haiti’s reconstruction. Our teams on the ground focused on consolidating the health system, providing training to health personnel, and supplying essential drugs and medical equipment.
Despite the destruction, the ability of Haitians to rise up and organize is immensely impressive. The members of our team who were directly affected by the hurricane were the first to mobilize a response. I am extremely proud of their courage and dedication.
In addition to our emergency response work our teams also work on reducing infant mortality, sexual and reproductive health, and supporting primary healthcare services alongside the Haitian government.
In partnership with two civil society organisations, POZ (Health, Life and HIV) and SOFA (Haitian Women’s Solidarity), Doctors of the World is working in Port-au-Prince to improve women’s access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. We also support women focused organizations in their efforts to establish a healthcare access observatory and an advocacy platform for sexual and reproductive health rights in the region.