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Update on cervical cancer prevention

Partnership with Basic Health International & Haiti sans Cervical Cancer

HsCC consortium partners, FHM and BHI just completed enrolling 5000 Haitian women to test the feasibility of developing a unified health care screen and treat program to prevent cervical cancer in Haiti.  This strategy was approved by the Ministry of Health at the annual HsCC meeting in 2018.  This project began 5 years ago.  After enrolling the first ~2000 women, we discovered that Haiti does not have enough nitrous oxide gas to support a national cervical cancer program and we introduced thermoablation as an alternative treatment.  The program enrolled another 3000 women and demonstrated that the thermoablation was well received by both patients and providers.  We also developed and field-tested a cloud-based REDCap database that can be used by all programs as the network of programs grows.

Partnership with the Caris Foundation

FHM and the Caris Foundation developed a partnership to screen the HIV positive women that are receiving retroviral therapy through the PEPFAR program.  As expected women with HIV are more likely to have HPV infections and this has generated a plan to conduct another research program to identify strategies that will help us identify the subset of women with more advanced cervical dysplasia.  We hope that we can initiate this study in the Spring.

Celebrating our 30th Year

Our 2022 Gala and Silent Auction was a huge success!  Thank you for spending your evening with us as we celebrated our 30th year in Haiti and looked towards the future for women and children in Haiti.  We had a record number of supporters this year, with over 300 of you participating either in person, online, or by sponsoring the event and giving auction items.  Together, we raised over $128,000 to support the Carmelle Voltaire Women’s Health Center in Tom Gato, enough to fully fund clinic operations for one year. Read More

Saving the World’s Women from Cervical Cancer

 

On June 30, 2016 the New England Journal of Medicine published an excellent article regarding screening women in low resource countries for cervical disease. Many of the issues addressed in this journal article are consistent with what Family Health Ministries has learned over the last 15 years in Haiti. Read More

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2022 FHM GALA

Thank you for joining us on September 17, 2022 at the Paramount Event Venue in Morrisville, NC for an evening of fun and celebration. We had a record attendance to celebrate and raise funds for the Carmelle Voltaire Women’s Health Center that has been in operation for six years, serving women in the Tom Gato and Fondwa area. Dinner was catered by Rocky Top and music was provided by EG Peters Band.

 

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CREATING A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE by David Walmer “Is there a new way to express how we are pursuing FHM’s vision in a way that gives us a clear focus that is easy to understand?” FHM’s vision in Haiti is ‘healthy families and healthy communities’, specifically in the areas inRead More
  By: Sarah Beaverson When I first arrived in Haiti, I was overwhelmed by the foreign language I heard around me. I struggled to understand individuals and the Haitian Creole words being yelled across the streets. After mastering the basic “Bonjou” and “Bonswa” (good morning and good afternoon – twoRead More
Meet Soinie. To say Soinie is an inspiration is an understatement! This determined lady is breaking the mold in order to build a better life for her family and the community of Fondwa. Soinie (pronounced swah-nee) has joined our construction crew to build FHM’s Carmelle Voltaire Women’s Health Center.
If you’ve ever been to Haiti you’ve certainly noticed the colorful booths on the side of the road. These stalls are called borlettes and