Pilot Program for Hospice Care in Haiti Announced

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MIAMI, FL – A Hospice Care for Haiti initiative was announced on March 9, 2020, leveraging the partnership between faculty of The University of Miami School of Nursing and the Miller School of Medicine, Justinien Hospital and VITAS Healthcare.

Faculty of the The University of Miami School of Nursing and the Miller School of Medicine, in partnership with faculty from Haiti’s Justinien Hospital, Haiti’s second largest teaching hospital, located in the city of Cap Haitian, and VITAS Healthcare, today announced they’re seeking donations to launch a pilot program for hospice care in Haiti. The program will adapt their family medicine and community health approach to hospice care and will focus on training families in palliative nursing care, provide them respite and assure the delivery, administration and monitoring of palliative medicines.

“This much needed service will greatly improve the quality of life for patients with terminal illness and their families,” said Myrlande Dubuisson, D. N. University of Miami School of Nursing.

This initiative is prompted by a particular problem with cervical cancer in Haiti. Haiti has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world and is currently gearing up for a national campaign to diagnose and treat the disease. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy are not readily available and 40% of women diagnosed are incurable.

“Ethically, we could not think about starting a cervical cancer screening program without also having a compassionate plan to treat those we cannot cure,” commented Dr. Arthur Fournier, Professor Emeritus, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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