There is an extreme lack of medical professionals in Haiti. Over 40% of people in Haiti do not have access to health care services.
There is an extreme lack of medical professionals in Haiti. Over 40% of people in Haiti do not have access to health care services.Rehabilitation has not traditionally been part of Haitian culture. However there is a greater awareness of the need for increased medical and rehabilitative services after the January 2010 earthquake as hundreds of thousands of people became disabled. Foreign relief workers assist but are unable to provide consistent rehabilitative services.
THEA is dedicated to raising up Haitian medical professionals including therapists who, once trained, will provide consistent rehabilitative services, enabling people to return to their communities with valued abilities.
Many bright, young Haitian men and women aspire to go to college and become professionals in order to make a difference in their country. However, most lack the opportunity and resources to make this a reality.
THEA has established a College Fund to enable these students and others in THEA’s Medical Education Program to further their careers as medical professionals. Upon graduation, the students understand they are expected to return to their communities to provide ongoing medical and rehabilitative care as needed.
In order to help the students in THEA’s Medical Education Program prepare for more formal training, THEA established a medical library in their community. The students also receive hands-on training from volunteer health professionals on semi-annual trips to Haiti.
Please consider joining us on our next THEA trip to share your expertise.
Please consider making a donation towards THEA’s college fund.