Programs: Project Medishare
August 1, 2012
Facilitating Job Training & Workforce Development
Fund Amount: $442,100 Grant
Above, medical technicians at Hospital Bernard Mevs.*
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The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund made a $442,100 grant to Project Medishare to improve the quality of healthcare at Hospital Bernard Mevs. The grant provides 47 medical professionals with training and education in state-of-the-art medical equipment. Much of the equipment, including a 16-slice CT scanner, was donated to the hospital in 2011, but few Haitian staff are trained to use it.
This grant provides these professionals--radiologists, biomedical technicians, X-ray technicians, CT technicians, lab technicians, pathologists, and MDs--with the skills to strengthen Haiti's healthcare capacity, at the hospital and beyond.
Phase One of the program supports the training of existing Bernard Mevs staff. Phase Two supports the training of employees from surrounding hospitals, expanding the reach of quality care in Haiti.
Why We Invested in Project Medishare
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's grant to Project Medishare to train medical professionals at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince fits with the Fund's mission of promoting jobs and building a strong workforce, while also meeting a critical need for skilled Haitian healthcare workers.
Transforming Lives and Livelihoods
- Train up to 45 radiologists, technicians, and doctors from Bernard Mevs and surrounding hospitals.
- Make further use of state-of-the-art medical equipment donated to the hospital.
- Develop a training program that can be implemented in the future.
- Strengthen one of the only trauma, critical care, and rehabilitation hospitals in Haiti.
About Project Medishare for Haiti
Project Medishare for Haiti is a U.S. nonprofit founded in 1994 by doctors at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Since its founding, Project Medishare has worked in Haiti’s Central Plateau to address community and maternal health needs. Following the 2010 earthquake, Medishare established a 250 bed field hospital in Port-au-Prince to provide trauma, critical care, and rehabilitation services. For this work, Medishare received a $500,000 grant from CBHF on January 29, 2010. On June 6, 2010, Project Medishare transferred its emergency field hospital to Hospital Bernard Mevs and since that time, Medishare and Hospital Bernard Mevs have partnered in providing lifesaving services and bedside training and education for Haitian medical staff at the hospital.
About Hospital Bernard Mevs
Hospital Bernard Mevs is one of the only trauma, critical care, and rehabilitation centers in Haiti. In 2011, the hospital treated over 60,000 patients and performed 150 surgeries each month, many of them pro-bono. Bernard Mevs employs over 140 Haitian physicians, nurses, and support staffers, all of whom have received training from Project Medishare in the past year.
*Photo from Daniel Cima