In collaboration with our US and Haitian partners, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) has a primary purpose of building healthcare capacity at Haitian community, university, and governmental institutions through research, training, and community outreach initiatives.
GHI is working with our Haitian partners to strengthen research and training initiatives with an ultimate aim to prepare Haiti to address the goals of malaria elimination by 2020. In collaboration with the Laboratoire National de Santé Publique (LNSP), GHI hosted a workshop on “Elimination Strategies for Malaria in Haiti” in January 2015 at the LNSP in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This event was coordinated with the Direction d’Épidémiologie, de Laboratoire et de Recherches and the Programme National de Contrôle de la Malaria, and targeted laboratory personnel and other stakeholders. Next steps include training health workers in Haiti to collect positive malaria samples, which will be evaluated for novel strains and drug resistance.
Healthcare utilization survey
GHI is working with Université Quisqueya Faculté des Sciences de la Santé (UniQ-FSSA) to build research capacity in Haiti. We have established a ‘Research Training to Research Project' model, which combines traditional education with research projects. In August 2014, GHI conducted a three-day “Research Training Workshop” on research methodology and ethics for UniQ-FSSA faculty, students, and community health workers. In February 2015, GHI trained 15 of the same workshop participants to conduct a survey on healthcare utilization in four Internally Displaced Persons camps in Haiti. Data collection was completed in July 2015.
Medical education exchange
With our collaborator, Université Quisqueya Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, GHI has established a medical education and research exchange in order to achieve our long-term training goals. To date, we have hosted three UniQ-FSSA medical students at Henry Ford Hospital for clinical and research rotations in Infectious Diseases, and one UniQ-FSSA faculty member for a rotation in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In April 2015, GHI also launched a live videoconferencing series on six infectious diseases for medical students at UniQ–FSSA.