Training and Education Programs in Haiti
Program Highlight: Training and Education Program
The training and education of Haitian medical staff is an integral part of Project Medishare’s mission. Medishare has a vision of a country made up of well-trained Haitian doctors, nurses, technicians and community health workers. Our programs in Haiti employ over 300 Haitian staff and less than ten expatriates.
From 2000 to today, Medishare staff across the Central Plateau attended trainings in community health. Since it’s inception in 2010, all Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBM) staff have been enrolled in at least one training program. In 2013, the Ministry of Health approved a new pediatric residency program and staff began training in ophthalmology and radiology for nearby hospitals.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
The 2010 earthquake devastated the health training program at Haiti’s State hospital and caused the death of an entire class of student nurses. Due to the earthquake, many medical and nursing students could not continue their education. In 2011, Project Medishare at HBM began training State and private medical school students in addition to the critical care and rehabilitation training of the existing 200 member staff.
Haitian medical and nursing students and surgical residents receive supervision, classes and access to patients and services at HBM. They attend trainings in ophthalmology, radiology, laboratory, ultrasound, critical care, surgery and EMS through funding from University of Miami, Project Medishare, the American Red Cross and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Project Medishare’s volunteer program brings medical personnel to Haiti from across the United States and Canada weekly to work alongside Haitian staff at HBM. These medical volunteers provide our Haitian staff with hands on training. Project Medishare has always believed that a “Train the Trainers” model is the most effective way to help Haitians help themselves. The goal is to build capacity and empower Haitians to create and sustain their own healthcare system by investing in the training, education and employment of local medical professionals.
From 2011-2013, dedicated students took classes in a back courtyard of the hospital with no screen, no air conditioning and few tables. With the assistance of the Boule Foundation, an unoccupied hospital across the street from Bernard Mevs was purchased and outfitted with classrooms to provide a conducive learning environment for the almost 60 students who are on site weekly.
The training and education programClinton Bush Haiti Fund continues to attract elite institutions and teachers. They donate their time and expertise to train Haitian students and existing hospital and community health staff.
Student Profile: Colbert Leon, Radiology
The Assistant Director of Radiology at Hospital Bernard Mevs is a graduate of a Radiology training program funded by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The program not only provided his education in radiology, but his superior technical skills led him easily into the position of Assistant Director.
Colbert was a dedicated student and spent extra hours reviewing the methodologies provided by the course. At the end of Phase II of the program, his skill level was on par with that of the trainers. He is eager to teach the next course, explaining that “teaching is something when you give, you have more, because it also enhances my knowledge of radiology.” He hopes to continue his work in CT and X-Ray for many years to come.