OTs and PTs – Support an Academic Therapy Program in Haiti

The Department of Rehabilitation of the Episcopal University of Haiti, Léogâne  needs the help and support of OTs and PTs in the USA.  There are many ways each and every one of us can help.
An overview of the program– The Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences in Léogâne (FSRL) is a department of the Episcopal University of Haiti (UNEPH). Planning for FSRL began in 2011, when volunteers working at St Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children realized how helpful it would be for St. Vincent’s to have Haitian therapists. The dream became a reality in Oct. 2015 when the first small class of students enrolled. First-year students take interdisciplinary courses at the FSIL nursing school in Léogâne, which is also a department of the Episcopal University. Second, third, and fourth year students specialize in OT or PT and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational or Physical Therapy.   The curriculum for the OT program has already been approved by the World Federation of OT, and the PT curriculum is now under review by the World Confederation of PT.  The Haiti Rehab Foundation (HRF), a 501c3,  was formed in 2014 to support the work of FSRL.

HOW CAN I HELP?
DONATE ONLINE: one-time or monthly, at  www.haitirehab.org
MAKE A GIFT BY CHECK made out to Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation.   Send to
Treasurer,  HRF, P.O. Box 183, Hamilton, NY 13346 USA.
WHAT CAN MY MONEY DO?
$25-pay for learning supplies
$100-pay for 1 course for 1 student
$250-pay all fees, 1 mo., 1 student
$1000-cover cost of 1 faculty vol.
$4000-per year: fund a scholarship that will cover 1 student’s fees, tuition, room & board

THE NEED FOR REHAB IN HAITI is very high.  It is estimated that 1.1 million Haitians have disabling physical and/or mental conditions. There are only about 50 Haitian PTs.  and 1 Haitian OT, who have a bachelor’s degree from overseas, mostly from the Dominican Republic.
There are good programs in Haiti for rehab technicians.  However, rehab technicians don’t practice independently.  They often depend for supervision on the many foreign OTs and PTs who come for short-term medical missions.

TEXTBOOKS Needed:
(1) Heurtelori, M. & Vilsaint, F. English/Haitian Creole Medical Dictionary/Diksyoné Medikal Anglé Kréyol. Coconut Creek, Florida, EducaVision, Inc.

(2) Netter, F.H. (2014). Atlas d’anatomie humaine, 6e ed. Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier.

(3) Thompson, J.C. ( 2008). Netter. Précis d’anatomie clinique d’orthopedie. Issy-les-Moulineaux cedex, France, Elsevier Masson.

There is also a need for Visiting Professors and Adjuncts.
For more information
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Contact:  Dr. Janet O’Flynn  Acting Dean of FSRL
(509)4397-2658  OR  (315)708-5820
janetoflynn@hotmail.com

 

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