Who do you call when a patient in critical condition needs to be transported from one medical facility to another?
In Haiti, you can call Haiti Air Ambulance (HAA).
Also known as Ayiti Air Anbilans, since 2014 this impactful organization has been operating the country’s only helicopter ambulance service. Given Haiti’s mountainous terrain and often unpaved roads, ground travel between medical facilities can easily take hours—time that a patient may not have. But a helicopter ambulance can cover the same distance in a matter of minutes and administer in-flight emergency care.
HAA’s core mission is to expand access to healthcare, medical supplies/equipment, healthcare job training, and community health education. Recently, with key roads impassable due to gang violence, they’ve transported not only patients but also urgently needed supplies and doctors. We are tremendously grateful for our partnership with them.
Both St. Boniface Hospital and our satellite Villa Clinic have relied on HAA’s services for many years. The organization has been a critical partner in helping us save more patients in more places, like 18-month-old Widens. When Widens became critically ill, his mother Omenne knew they had to get as quickly as possible from their home outside of Port-au-Prince to SBH. In the slideshow below, follow their journey for how we worked together to save this young boy’s life.