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INCAH Annual Report 2013

INCAH ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013

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This is a summary report which includes the many activities conducted by INCAH such as the medical activities plus the results of the clinical findings conducted by the INCAH Organization in post-earthquake Haiti. It discusses the statistical findings from the sample populations in various localities mostly inaccessible remote, slums areas and tent cities built after the turmoil of 2010 across Haiti. This informative narrative details the collaborative efforts of a few Haitian doctors from various specialty areas assisting their countrymen.  The highlight of this year was the work done by the INCAH Mobile Clinic. It also includes information on non- medical assistance such as in the area of education, Youth and Women empowerment. Haitians helping Haitians collaboratively; the needs are great and we hope to expand this work in the areas of STDs/infectious diseases and Sustainable Development.  Please visit www.incah.org for further information.

INCAH during this year was not able to cover many areas because of lack of funding. Nevertheless certain activities were able to be implemented from funds coming from family members and few acquaintances. The Youth volunteered their time and skills to the project. The domains covered were: School Tuition Project, Youth Project, Mobile Clinic (Medical program and psycho-Social project) and Endogenous/Sustainable Development.

1-School Tuition Project

2- Youth Project

3- Mobile Clinic (Medical and Psycho-social project)

4-Endogenous/Sustainable Development

 

1-School Tuition Project

This academic year the School tuition Project was limited. Only 6 youth benefitted from this initiative and they were INCAH Mobile Clinic Volunteers. INCAH provided school uniforms, books, and shoes to these scholars with the support of Rene Descartes College (High School) which provided half of a year’s Scholarship to them. Natalia Tomassini and a business man named Georges Bareau Sassine assisted in this area.  One of the youth Yousemane Esquivel with INCAH ‘s support participated in the yearly School Miss. pageant and among 50 candidates she was classified 7th in the competition.. The competition was based on knowledge, education, mannerism and appearance. INCAH supported this activity in order to encourage her in the domains of education, self-presentation, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Many children did not go to school this year because their parents could not afford the tuition. Donors thought that The Presidential School Project covered all children’s tuition but it only covered first and second graders. This clarification is made to encourage sponsors to donate or to support children’s school tuition for the fourth graders and beyond this coming year. So, we, at INCAH hope to have funding for  the next school year 2013-2014 to provide more of our volunteers with tuition during the 2013- 2014 school year.

2-Youth Project

The Youth Project this year was focused on Youth Empowerment. 6 new youth offices were           opened in the Artibonite Region where INCAH enrolled about 500 youth members putting the number of youth to a total of six thousand members. Seminars were conducted on Endogenous/Sustainable Development, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Cholera Prevention, Medical Emergency, Sanitation and Self Hygiene. These matters were mostly covered during Mobile Clinic which was INCAH’s main activity this year.

Two offices were rented and a space was also rented to house a library for the youth donated by a sponsor named Clotaire Senatus. Twelve cholera training sessions were implemented in order to educate the Youth about the prevention and the treatment of Cholera; twenty sessions were implemented on Sexually transmitted disease and forty sessions on empowerment. Many other activities are being developed by each Youth offices such as in the following areas: the arts, theater, music and forestation projects.

3-Mobile Clinic

Medical Mobile Clinic as stated above was the main activity implemented by INCAH this year with the support of Phadimac (Dr. Philippe Larco and Nancy Charles) which always provided medication upon request along seldom with the pharmaceutical company,  Plurimed. We were not able to get the support of others medical agencies, but we are hoping that additional companies will be more charitable toward the Mobile Clinic activities. The Clinic Mobile activities were possible with the consistent strength of Dr. Joel Charles as a generalist, Dr. Max-Andre Jean-Gilles as an ophthalmologist, Dr. Petit-Frere Lafranche as a dentist. The disciplines covered were General Medicine, Gynecology, urology, Dentistry and Ophthalmology.  The Clinic Mobile Activities were able to show tremendous Health problems facing the Haitian Community. Although the activities were mostly implemented in the slums areas, tent cities INCAH could state that these specific communities lack proper public Health assistance. The results of the Mobile Clinic showed within the fifty posts; we realized were the following:

4201 patients were seen,  71% were females

From the female population we found the following:  79% presented with vaginal infections (Trichomonas  Vaginalis, Gonorrhea, and candida) among them we did count 6% young girls; we do not know if the young girls were infected from unclean water, unsafe manipulation or toilet or from sexual encounters.

                From the 29% of the male population we encountered 30% of young males presented urinary infections. Among the urinary infections, and sexually transmitted infections we could not say if HIV/AIDS was associated, because this test was not implemented.

 

Nevertheless, our findings prove among the population safe sex practices were neglected; therefore, Prevention and Education Programs ought to be implemented or reinforced with massive condom distribution along with education in STD’s. With the limited resources, INCAH was not able to cover a larger area or a larger population.

In the greater Capital, clinics were implemented in Delmas area such as Musseau, Ti Source, Audan, Bois Caradeu, Delmas 60, Delmas 48. In Petion Ville area the areas were Morne Hercule, Cerisier, Deshermithe, Juvena. In Port-au-Prince Incah covered Carrefour–feuille, Place Jeremie, Fort Mercredi, Stade Sylvio Cator. Clinics were also implemented in some rural areas such La Vallee, -Morne a Bruler, Leogane, Gressier. The cases usually encountered were the following: Hypertension, Gastritis, Parasitosis, Skin diseases such as Sarcoptosis, Tinea capitis, Contact dermatitis and Impetigo.

In dentistry:  120 cases were seen and they were mainly dental extractions and a few cases of filling. 200 cases were seeing in ophthalmology. 150 glasses were prescribed and filled by INCAH for a minimum price. INCAH was able to provide these services for a minimum cost of 15-20 Haitian dollars cost for an eye exam and 100   Haitian dollars for new pair of glasses.

-Psycho-social project.

Psycho-social sessions were implemented on week-ends and holydays at INCAH; due to successive turmoil which in Haiti it was decided that some activities were necessary to alleviate the children’s pain. They faced one traumatic event after the other. There were calamities such as; the earthquake, hurricanes, flood, and cholera epidemics. Two monitors were selected to run children’s activities. The activities varied from games, dance, singing, and birthday parties. The children throughout this time enjoyed the sessions. The adults benefitted from psycho-social support to better cope with life’s difficulties and move on with their daily activities.  Emotionally they were less stressed and they were relieved from the anxiety caused by the past disasters.  In the various cities Incah members developed many recreational activities in their communities. INCAH missed the visit of Dr. Avi Kalayjan; an American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and President of The Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention this summer because Incah’s  president’s, Dr. Charles trip to the States.  Nevertheless  he was able to contact her in the States to discuss with Dr. Kalayjan future sessions and a collaboration with her NGO, ATOP.

During this summer Dr. Joel Charles as the CEO of the organizations was able to multiply his contacts with The Association of Haitian Physicians abroad and other organizations to seek further support for INCAH.  Locally in Haiti this present report will be made public to motivate physicians, other health professionals, The Ministry of Health and the population in general on the medical findings which constitute a real threat to the Haitian population and to future generation.

 

4- Sustainable Development/Endogenous Development

The Slogan of this activity is the following: “One does what one can do with what one has where one is and now”. This concept was developed before The Rio +  conference on Sustainable Development.  With this slogan, Youth groups were motivated and were able to accomplish many tasks with their own initiatives and means within and for their own localities. In the Artibonite Region for example many youth participated in The Cholera education program in order to disseminate awareness and prevention. Other youths participated in the following: Spring capping activities and Latrines distribution and building in many areas. In the areas of Music, Theatre and Dance .  Qualified youth assisted others as far as providing   lessons in order to teach their peers in these disciplines.

INCAH was represented in the Rio 2012 Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro by Queen Mother, Dr. Dolores Blakely of New Future Foundation.  We expect to collaborate and work under her directives and guidelines learned from the Conference to present and develop a good Sustainable Development project. We hope that with appropriate funding for a great application of the knowledge gained from this Rio + Conference in Haiti the coming year.

 

In conclusion, in reference to the activities implemented one may conclude that the main problems encountered by INCAH were the following:

STD infections mostly among the female population, Urinary tract infections in the male population, Contagious skin diseases mostly  in children.

This year INCAH will try to address these problems with the local doctors and will also contact and mobilize the Haitian Physicians living abroad in the U.S for their support.  INCAH will also try to present a sustainable development project according to Rio+

Dr. Joel Charles, MPA, General Coordinator
September 12th, 2013

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