In 2010, Haiti was devastated by a powerful earthquake. RAD-AID responded by sending numerous teams to perform clinical assistance, educational support, and conduct a Radiology-Readiness assessment to help rebuild Haitian radiology capacity for vital health care needs. In 2016, RAD-AID announced an agreement with Philips Healthcare and Philips Foundation to donate 2 new CT scanners, currently destined for Caracol and GonaÃ¯ves, which will nearly double Haiti’s CT capacity.
RAD-AID Haiti: Hands-on training in ultrasound at University Hospital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, May 2015
RAD-AID’s work in Haiti emphasizes education, support and training, to run in parallel with the donation of equipment. Therefore, the CT initiative this year will send a stream of RAD-AID team members of provide CT training, including technologists, MDs, physicists, engineers, nurses, and other health professionals.
RAD-AID’s recent work in Haiti has also emphasized education for radiology residents, such as at the University Hospital of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. Our teams ran conferences at University Hospital in May 2015, and rolled-out the new RAD-AID Learning Center to provide sustained free access to RAD-AID’s online library of educational materials. The team brought a tablet-based ultrasound unit for testing in Haiti and performed extensive hands-on training to the residents in ultrasound.