Current Programs in Haiti
AME-SADA has established a network of rural and urban
out patient clinics in the regions of Arcahaie and Cabaret as well
as in Port au Prince. These outpatient clinics are the sites where
AME-SADA's clinical personnel, health agents and traditional birth
attendants are based administratively. The services provided by
the clinics include an expanded program of immunization of children
under 5 years of age against diseases; pre and post natal health
care for women of reproductive age, family planning services and
counseling; nutritional recuperation for severely malnourished children
including micro-nutrient supplements; HIV/AIDS and STD education,
prevention, counseling and testing. In addition to three Medical
Doctors who oversee all clinics, each clinic has a staff of at least
two nurses and a nurse's aide, access to a laboratory technician,
a pharmacist, 20-40 health agents and traditional birth attendants.
Many of the health issues faced by the Haitian population
can be ameliorated through changes in behavior. AME-SADA recognizes
that an essential element to changing behavior is to apply a variety
of techniques to make the general population aware of health risks.
Special focus has, therefore, been given to children, young adults
and women in the communities served. In 2004, AME-SADA organized
numerous village workshops to address the prevention of sexually
transmitted diseases, the importance of breast feeding, and the
promotion of family planning. AME-SADA has commenced preventive
care activities in the area of HIV/AIDS with youth retreats and
follow-up sessions with youth clubs. In addition to promoting HIV/AIDS
awareness, our clinics test individuals and provide counseling for
those who are infected and affected by the deadly disease.
AME-SADA is a member of the Safe Drinking Water Alliance
which promotes point of use water treatment as a means to reduce
the incidence of diarrhea-related mortality and morbidity in different
parts of the world. As part of the program in Haiti, a community
mobilization component is being implemented to encourage community
dialogue and collective action around safe water and water treatment.
AME-SADA is leading the implementation of this component. A major
activity of this component includes community and household monitoring
of water treatment behaviors and practices.
Since February, 2004, Haiti has experienced periods
of extreme unrest and instability. Although all of AME-SADA's facilities
have continued to operate during this time, there has been a significant
diminution in the level and intensity of activities because of this
uncertain political environment. Despite this situation, in the
last four years of this project, AME-SADA has met or exceeded all
of its project goals and objectives and has been among the top 3
performers among the 25 USAID health subcontractors in Haiti.