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Suffering in Silence: Mental Illness Treatment in Haitian Community
Health & Science

Suffering in Silence: Mental Illness Treatment in Haitian Community

By Amina Lovell

From a young age Helen Sullivan* suffered from feelings of loneliness and low self-worth. She thought that the world was against her and that she just wasn’t good enough. At 16, Sullivan realized that this wasn’t a universal feeling, which made her feel even more isolated in her thoughts. As she journeyed into her 20s and left home, the feelings intensified. Her career was just taking off, she was traveling all over the world, but the pressures of living abroad were mounting, and constant failed relationships sent her into a depressive cycle. Sullivan eventually became suicidal.

Mobile Top-Up Company Promotes Family Planning  With Free Minutes
Health & Science, News Out of Haiti

Mobile Top-Up Company Promotes Family Planning With Free Minutes

Ding, a mobile top-up company, partnered with Haiti Projects, a nonprofit organization working in rural Haiti to lower the rate of unplanned pregnancies in the region. The partnership incentivizes women to keep their contraceptive appointments, where they are given Depo Provera, a three-month contractive shot. In exchange for keeping their appointments, the women are given free mobile minutes.

Haitian Government Inaugurates Family Nurse Practitioner Program
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Haitian Government Inaugurates Family Nurse Practitioner Program

After the earthquake, Dr. Carmelle Marie Bellefleur traveled to Haiti and saw firsthand the overwhelming need for healthcare. In 2010, Bellefleur and three fellow nurse educators founded Promoting Health In Haiti (PHH), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and wellness for the people of Haiti by educating highly-skilled nurses.

On Apr. 27, the Haitian government inaugurated the organization’s Family Nursing Program (FNP) – a first for the country where there are currently no nurse practitioners. This title was an unfamiliar one for the Haitian government, Bellefleur says. They didn’t know the types of services they provide, the level of education needed, or how to compensate them.

Haitian Marine Biologist Wins Environmental Activism Prize
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Haitian Marine Biologist Wins Environmental Activism Prize

A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti’s north coast has won a prominent U.S. environmental activism prize.

Jean Wiener was awarded a Goldman Environmental Foundation prize for his efforts to establish the Caribbean nation’s first Marine Protected Areas while working with local communities to promote sustainable fishing practices and preserve mangrove forests.

Early Haiti Rains Bring Risk of Bleak Cholera Season
Haiti, Health & Science, News Out of Haiti

Early Haiti Rains Bring Risk of Bleak Cholera Season

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried.
As of March 28, the Haitian Ministry of Health confirmed at least 11,721 cases of cholera, more than a 300 percent increase from the same period last year.

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