Dr Sonson, Haiti

The poorest nation in the hemisphere, Haiti is reeling in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July and a  7.2 magnitude earthquake in August.

The ongoing pandemic has put added pressure on an already struggling health system. The country was the last in the Americas to begin offering vaccines and to date, just 0.9% of its population have been vaccinated.

With our in-country partner Food for the Poor, we have been supporting the fight against the pandemic through the donation of medications used to support the management of COVID-19 symptoms, common co-infections and complications. 

A donation of aspirin was used in such a way at the Hôpital Ste Thérèse de Hinche, a public medical facility located in Les Lattes, a small village in the city of Hinche, central Haiti.

“Since aspirin is included in Haiti’s national protocol to tackle the coronavirus, our doctors are providing this medicine to COVID patients,” said Anne Jasmine Phanord, ourin-country partner representative. “They also prescribe aspirin to treat high bloodpressure and heart disease, which many Haitians have.

”According to Dr. Prince Sonson, the facility’s director, the hospital treated a totalof 2,400 COVID-19 patients from July 2020 to July 2021, and all were given aspirin to help lower the risk of blood clots. “The COVID unit is very costly, so without these donations, we would not be able to remain operational,” Dr. Sonson said.

The donation of aspirin was also used to treat Josette, a woman in her 80s who suffersfrom high blood pressure. Dr. Andrevil, who treated her, immediately orderedaspirin to prevent blood clots from forming, a condition that can cause an embolism andlead to death. He said: “I thank Food For The Poor [and IHP] for their help, because without them, we could not continue this amazing work. Your generosity is well-received andappreciated. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!”

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