In Haiti, NYAGI is working with the CARIS Foundation to train healthcare providers prenatal and emergency medicine ultrasound.
NYAGI in Haiti
In 2019, NYAGI was invited to Haiti to help teach ultrasound as part of Project Santé, a country wide program to improve healthcare in Haiti. Our initial goal was to help teach basic ultrasound skills to over 40 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Our next steps will focus on empowering key “champion” providers to establish an in-country education program to help teach other providers, bringing this important diagnostic tool to every corner of the country.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and the poorest in the western hemisphere. The maternal mortality rate was estimated in 2015 as 359 deaths per 1000 live births, ranking Haiti 33rd worst in the world. In 2015, the United States estimated just 14 deaths per 1000 live births. Primary care health centers in the remote rural areas are seriously under-resourced, lacking even simple diagnostic tools and often requiring potential patients to travel to secondary and tertiary care centers in the urban areas just to find out if they even need treatment. Basic ultrasound capabilities in the primary care centers will not only save the time and expense of unnecessary, sometimes unsafe travel, but also reduces the instances of people avoiding preliminary diagnosis due to lack of ability to afford it.
By enhancing Haiti’s rural healthcare centers with diagnostic ultrasound skills, NYAGI is empowering healthcare providers to properly diagnose everything from treatable complications of pregnancy to childhood pneumonia, fractures, and emergency trauma situations. In addition to basic training, NYAGI is harnessing the power of technology via remote webinars and on-line courses to continue skills development. The goal is to educate, empower, and elevate Haiti’s healthcare system via diagnostic ultrasound.
To date NYAGI has trained over 40 healthcare professionals from over 20 clinics around the country. Plans are in place to support an additional 10 clinics (50 total in 2019) with the skills and resources to fully implement basic ultrasound into their practices.