• Where We Work: Haiti

    Global Health Map of Hairi
    • City: Mirebalais
    • Type of program: Hematology Program
    • Partners
      1. Partners In Health
      2. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    Program: Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening in Haiti

    • Start date: May 2014

    IEF technician in Haiti - global health initiativeAbout Sickle Cell Disease in Haiti:

    • Six per 1,000 newborns in Haiti are born with sickle cell disease.
    • Without screening and subsequent care most of these babies will die before their 5th birthday.
    • For less than $50 per child, we can provide screening, parental education, penicillin prophylaxis until 5 years of age, and early childhood vaccines.

    Since 2014, we have been working with Partners In Health at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Mirebalais, Haiti on the development of a sickle cell disease newborn screening program, the first screening program in the country. Our screening program is now well established at the hospital.

    Our team consists of a program coordinator, a program nurse, and a laboratory technician that performs isoelectric focusing (IEF) on each of our patient’s blood samples. As of August 2015, we had screened approximately 2,100 newborns for sickle cell disease. Each week, greater than 90% of newborns born at the hospital are screened. We plan to make screening a routine component of newborn care at the hospital this year and attain our goal of 100% screening.

    In addition, we have developed a comprehensive sickle cell disease management program for our already established sickle cell disease patients. At this clinic, we provide anticipatory guidance, monthly medications including penicillin and analgesics, as well as vaccines. As of August 2015, 15 children were enrolled in this program. 

    Pediatricians at hospital in Mirebalais

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