Education and Empowerment
Medic Samaritan provides annual educational scholarships to students seeking collegiate level health science careers such as nursing, midwifery and paramedicine.
Falling under the Medic Samaritan Education and Engagement umbrella, the Rural Community Healthcare Practitioner Program has been established to help address these needs. Through a partnership with our friends at Respire Haiti, Medic Samaritan provides nursing school scholarships to highly motivated secondary school graduates. Upon completion of an accredited four-year nursing program (BSN), the licensed nurse will be provided and an additional year of skilled birth attendant training through the Midwives for Haiti program. Once all training has been completed, our nurses enter into a term employment agreement with Medic Samaritan and are subsequently deployed as a rural health practitioner, thus bringing the healthcare provider to the families in the community and removing the gap in distance to a healthcare facility. In addition, this term minimum employment agreement aims to improve upon in-country nursing retention, in a healthcare sector already struggling to provide jobs.
The ultimate goal of this program is to provide education, employment, address urgent community healthcare needs, and ultimately improve health outcomes in some of the most underserved areas in rural Haiti. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a student or nurse with our Rural Community Healthcare Practitioner Program, please follow the Education/Engagement donation link below, or for more information, please email: today!
Your gift directly supports the Medic Samaritan Rural Community Health Practitioner Program, which sponsors aspiring nurses through one of Haiti's only four year nursing programs, and provides salaries for existing community nurses.
With a population of over 10 million people, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The overall healthcare statistics are alarming:
One in every 14 children die before age 5.
One in every 83 women die during childbirth.
In rural Haiti, 75% of women deliver at home without any trained providers. For the poorest of families, 90% have no pre-natal or skilled care at birth.
The majority of infant babies are born at home and receive no post-natal care.
6,745 neonatal deaths annually , with 72% of these deaths occurring within the first week of life.
(Source: World Health Organization, Midwives for Haiti)