Since the January 12th earthquake,
There has been a long history of lack of human rights and insecurity for women in
The women’s initiative touches many aspects of the lives of girls and women. We have begun a house construction program to provide secure single family homes for displaced people from
The cornerstone of our program is the women’s health initiative at the Alma Mater Hospital. The MFP cancer detection program initiated in the spring of 2010 has screened more than 900 women for cervical cancer and other gynecological disorders. We anticipate screening more than 2000 women in the first year of the program. There is a high incidence of cervical cancer in
.Dr. Michael Viola and Jacqueline Picard, RN discuss early cervical cancer detection with a women's group in Gros Morne.
The present success of the program is due in large part to the support of the community, particularly women's groups. Our nurses spend considerable time in outreach, talking frequently to scohol and community organizations, and are frequently featured on local radio stations. The program has taught us that Haitian women are deeply aware of the importance of their health, and that of their children, and will enthusiastically participate in programs that will improve their health when those resouces are made available to them.