Newslleter 2012

Newslleter 2012

The Menace of AIDS :

S.H.A.D. is extremely concerned about the increase rate of young women ages 14-45 living under poverty level who exchange sex for money and who are now infected with HIV/AIDS and living in (the Northwest of) Haiti.

Several articles were published from 1999 to 2005 noting the Northwest as the fourth most infected populace with HIV/AIDS of Haiti.  As per the Country profile of HIV/AIDS by Popline Document, 13% infection rate was reported from the Northwest compared to 3% in the South.  Among the reported cases the majority were young girls.  Data from GHESKIO-reported that young women age 14-29 were more affected than men of comparable age.  Again the number of infected people is projected to be higher since some are unaware they are infected.  Beside the three sites showed in the board of AVR no new document regarding services was offered for the Northwest.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and currently the least developed country of the Western hemisphere, as per the US agency for International Development Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Association (BCHA). 

HIV/AIDS is the most common cause of death in our targeted population.  Most of these women have no access to health care, and education is lacking were poverty proliferates.  These clients have little access to information and resources that can help them make informed choices and they do not have access to medicine and proper nutrition that may keep them healthier longer.

The affected population is at risk for discrimination due to cultural factors, and may avoid learning of their infection and/or sharing that knowledge with others out of fear of the stigma that is attached to an AIDS diagnosis.

The situation has been exacerbated by the weak medical infrastructure in that region. Since 1998, the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the Northwest Region was already 7.6% and it continues to grow.  The clinic will be located in Port-de-Paix to serve this vulnerable population. 

Solution :

The propose program will assist the clients in nutrition, compliance with prescribed medications, hygiene and counseling to live healthier. The teaching will include lectures and video about the disease process, participation in group discussions and role plays.  The patient will be included in the plan of action/treatment plan.  Education will be in their native language, “CREOLE,” to better assist them in understanding the seriousness of HIV/AIDS.

It is known that HIV increases the risk of tuberculosis infections, especially in impoverished, crowded communities.  The individual infected with TB has a 10% increased chance of being dually infected with other illnesses. S.H.A.D. aims are to educate, assess and assist the clients with the support of an ambitious staff with hands on experience in the area of the disease process.  The administrator will work with the medical staff supervisor to better assist the clients.  S.H.A.D. will seek to maximize the impact that the program will have on the clients.  The recruitment of clients and the selection of the participants will take place each week, and a complete assessment of the individual will be conducted to determined acceptance to the program.

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