SBH has decades of experience working in partnership with the communities we serve to foster open communication, mutual accountability, transparency, and trust. We firmly believe in building strong hospital-community relationships and hope to extend these values across the region through this project. To accomplish this, we are helping our partner facilities and their local communities establish health facility advisory groups, starting in the Grande Anse and Sud departments. Each group consists of community leaders, past patients, healthcare professionals, and a Ministry of Health representative. These groups serve as a platform to identify and create strategies to address the needs of each community. In doing so, the groups are contributing to epidemic control, public health messaging, and health education. Finally, to help ensure that women’s needs are addressed, women comprise approximately half of each group.
Transformational work is not easy even in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Haiti’s humanitarian crisis grinds on, limiting the ability of partners to attend coordinating meetings and affecting the availability of essential supplies like fuel and vaccines. Internet connectivity issues have also impacted electronic data reporting.
“Health systems strengthening is a long, arduous process,” says Dr. Wilfrid Cadet, our Chief Medical Advisor. “It’s not like treating a child with pneumonia, where you give them antibiotics and two or three days later they are home, playing.” But, he adds, “We have the will and the strategies to pass on our model of healthcare delivery based on equity and empathy.”