Friday August 14, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), has trained 2,800 community health workers in Haiti in as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
PAHO has also organized meetings with community leaders, including voodoo priests, Catholic priests, pastors and traditional birth attendants to provide them with specific information and communication messages on Covid-19 such as protection measures, treatment centers and especially the continuity of essential services in health care establishments, PAHO said in a press release published this week.  According to a report from the PAHO office in Port-au-Prince, trained community health workers were provided with personal protective equipment and communications support such as megaphones and batteries. 221 megaphones, gloves, face masks and hand sanitizers were also distributed.
PAHO believes that this awareness in Haiti is crucial because it helps reach hard-to-reach communities and those who believe in traditional medicine.
Over 7,600 cases of Covid-19 in Haiti
Training and equipment are part of PAHO's broad response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Haiti.
Haiti has 50 teams survey and 299 contact tracing teams in operation across the country, with call centers and data analysis teams active in each department.
Currently, Haiti has reported over 7,600 cases of Covid -19, including 183 deaths.
PAHO, in coordination with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), also helped local authorities to establish surveillance for Covid-19 at borders and facilities quarantine for su cases spects at the border entry points with the Dominican Republic. She also helped them by training their staff and providing medical supplies and protective equipment.
To ensure continuity of care in non-Covid hospitals and health centers, PAHO provided support for the implementation of early detection measures (triage and isolation space for patients awaiting transfer to a Covid center) to 143 institutions, and provided equipment, including thermometers, oximeters, oxygen concentrators and protective gear.