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In Haiti, One Organization Asks Young People to Stop Putting Car Accidents on Social Media, Learn to Help Instead

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Lack of information and training has people in Haiti preferring to film accidents on public roads instead of rallying around to rescue victims. First aid training is helping save lives, and raises people’s awareness of the problem of accidents.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Serious injuries and deaths are commonplace on the streets of Haiti’s capital, thanks to frequent road accidents.

Ready to take matters into their own hands, a group of young adults gathered together in a former military hospital.

Their goal: Learn first aid.

“I’ve seen too many people suffer during accidents, and this has motivated me to get involved in order to help them,” says Marie Esther Jean, 21, a participant in the training.

Led by STOP Accidents, a local non-governmental organization, the training covers the basics of emergency care, from CPR and improvised bandages to massive bleeding and decision-making in a crisis.

“I always complain about the majority of our young people here using their mobile phones to film instead of helping by calling an ambulance,” Jean says. “It’s well known that a victim needs assistance, not photography or video.”

Road safety activists say that trainings like these empower bystanders to help in the aftermath of a car crash.

“This can help many people to avoid death in accidents,” Jean says, adding that she tells friends they should also learn first aid to be ready help next time they come upon a road accident.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, young people make up more than 30% of the Haitian population. And young people are often directly involved in car accidents, STOP Accidents coordinator Garnel Michel says.

“They are the most likely to help or the most likely to be involved,” he says.

Since 2016, STOP Accidents, officially called Services Techniques et Opérationnels pour Pallier aux Accidents, has led educational and awareness campaigns that promote safety for all road users. But because the first few minutes after a crash are critical, the organization has targeted the country’s large youth population with a message: Be part of the informal first line of medical response and save lives.

There is no reliable data on the number of road accidents that occur in Haiti. Drivers and pedestrians often blame the erratic driving of motorcycle taxis and the poor condition of roads here. Other complications include slow arrival times from emergency responders.

Currently, the group runs four youth first-aid training clubs with more than 50 members each.

Coordinators plan to establish more clubs in remote corners of the country where formal aid might be particularly slow to arrive.

Giving young people the skills to offer immediate assistance after a crash could make a difference, says Luckner Dorvelus, a medical doctor who is also the training and research director at STOP Accidents.

“Given the weakness of the Haitian medical system, we’ve decided not only to raise awareness, but also to consider providing training to people who sometime take pleasure in doing nothing to help people in need of assistance,” Dorvelus says.

After a recent training, participant Orline Steril says she feels empowered by her new skills.

“Accidents can happen any time,” she says. “This training will allow me to be of help to my community.”

Ndahayo Sylvestre, GPJ, translated the article from French.

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Cayes : Projet électrique de 38 MW

Le projet de réseau rélectrique égional du Sud (Cayes) alimentera 10 communes : Cavaillon, Saint-Louis du Sud, Camp-Perrin, Maniche, Torbeck, Chantal, Saint-Jean du Sud, Arniquet et Port-Salut. Une centrale électrique au gaz de 20 Mégawatts (Mw) et une Centrale Photovoltaïque (Solaire) de 8 Mw seront construites pour alimenter ce réseau. À suivre…

Retour à la normale à P-a-P :

Après les violences du 23 février, la vie reprenait « son cours normal » mardi à Port-au-Prince. Les axes routiers avaient été dégagées des barricades érigées dimanche, les transports publics et privés étaient de nouveau en opération, les petites marchandes avaient repris possession des trottoirs et les commerces et des supermarchés avaient réouvert leurs portes. Lire aussi : https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30102-haiti-flash-haute-tension-au-champ-de-mars.html https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30109-haiti-flash-affrontements-au-champ-de-mars-au-moins-une-douzaine-de-victimes-bilan-provisoire.html

Kinapping : Les magistrats appelés à la prudence :

Face à l’augmentation des enlèvements contre rançons, l’Association des Magistrats Haïtiens (ANAMAH) exhorte dans une note, les magistrats en général à faire preuve de fermeté dans l’application de la loi et de prudence dans la gestion de leurs déplacements en particulier dans la zone métropolitaine de Port-au-Prince où les cas de kidnapping sont fréquent.

Des jeunes handicapés en stages d’entreprises :

Une équipe du Bureau du Secrétaire d’État à l’Intégration des Personnes Handicapées (BSEIPH) a visité plusieurs entreprises privées dont deux succursales d’Access Haïti, le restaurant El Cubanito et NOVAMAT Motors S.A où des jeunes professionnels handicapés effectuent un stage depuis environ un mois. À présent, 9 jeunes bénéficient de ce programme mis en place par le BSEIPH en collaboration avec « Humanité et Inclusion » afin d’améliorer l’employabilité des jeunes professionnels en situation de handicap. Des échanges sont en cours avec d’autres entreprises pour permettre à un plus grand nombre de personnes à besoins spéciaux de bénéficier de cette initiative. Ces stages durent deux mois.

Prix littéraire pour Fritz Deshommes :

Le Prix Joseph D. Charles 2019 a été décerné à Fritz Deshommes, le Recteur de l’Université d’État d’Haïti pour son ouvrage intitulé « Haïti : la Nation écartelée ». La cérémonie de remise du Prix se tiendra le vendredi 6 mars 2020 à 3h00 p.m. dans les jardins de la Bibliothèque Georges Castera du Limbé.

Épidémie COVID-19 : Bilan mondial 26 février 2020 :

Mardi 25 février 2020, le nombre de personnes contaminées dans le monde par le Coronavirus COVID-19 (cas confirmés en laboratoire) s’élève aujourd’hui à 81,005 en hausse de 716 cas (+15.6%) par rapport à la veille (848), https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30110-haiti-actualite-zapping.html ; 2,762 décès (+2.1%) soit 58 cas de plus que la veille (2,704). Taux de mortalité moyen 3.4%. 30,116 personnes guéries soit 2,327 personnes (+8.4%) de moins par rapport à la veille (2,641).

On recense à ce jour hors de Chine, 2,941 cas confirmés de personnes dans un total de 40 pays (+11.9%) soit 312 cas de plus que la veille.

44 décès à l’étranger depuis le début de l’épidémie (décembre 2019) soit 6 de plus par rapport à la veille : 15 en Iran, 12 en Corée du Sud, 1 à Taïwan, 1 au Philippine, 2 à Hong Kong, 1 au Japon, 2 en France et 10 en Italie.

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Police officers ordered to resume their posts – The Haitian Times

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Juno7 reported that Normil Rameau, Interim Director General of the National Police of Haiti, during a press briefing on Monday, Feb. 24, strongly condemned the regrettable clashes that occurred at the Champ de Mars in the context of a protest movement organized in the Haitian capital by agents to demand better living and working conditions. Incident costing the life of a police officer and a soldier.  “The police must be professional and vigilant with regard to the infiltration,” he said.

Rameau confirmed that a dialogue and facilitation commission made up of senior National Police officers and agents has been created to address their claims which he considers fair and legitimate considers fair and legitimate.  The mission of this commission is to conduct negotiations in order, he explains, to restore institutional stability and public peace.

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PAHO Calls for Action to Improve Childhood Cancer Survival in the Caribbean

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday February 24, 2020 – Paediatric cancer experts and health authorities convened by the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO), together with the Hospital for Sick
Children (SickKids) and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, are calling for
stepped-up action to improve the survival rate for children suffering from
cancer in the Caribbean.

In the Caribbean and globally, cancer
is among the leading causes of death in children under age 15.

In high-income countries, more than 8
in 10 children with cancer are able to survive the illness, thanks to early
diagnosis and effective treatment. But in several Caribbean countries, two-year
overall survival is only about 55 per cent. Higher toxicity of cancer
treatments and patients’ abandoning their treatment are the main barriers to
successful outcomes, and experts say that strengthening health systems is the
best way to address these challenges.

“Childhood cancer treatment is very
cost-effective, and many more children’s lives can be saved by ensuring that
the health system is well equipped to diagnose and treat children with cancer
and provide support to their families,’’ said Silvana Luciani, head of PAHO’s non-communicable
diseases unit.

The experts convened by PAHO include paediatricians,
paediatric oncologists, and non-communicable disease programme managers from
nine Caribbean countries and territories, along with representatives of
ministries of health and other collaborating organizations. The group met in
Port of Spain Trinidad recently to map out ways to increase support and
action—at both the country and international levels—to reduce deaths in
children and adolescents with cancer in the Caribbean through strengthened
health systems, focusing on improving diagnosis, treatment, training, and
family support.

The meeting identified priority areas
of action as: earlier detection and diagnosis of childhood cancer in primary
care, with timely referral for specialized treatment; increased access to
essential medicines for childhood cancer; training and continuing
multi-disciplinary medical education for specialists and primary care
providers; improved continuity of care, including for children who live far
from treatment centres to prevent abandonment of treatment; and the production
and sharing of evidence for public health use and to mobilize political and
financial support.

The actions proposed by the experts
in Trinidad build on earlier efforts by the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative
(SCI), established in 2013 to build sustainable local capacity to diagnose,
treat and manage paediatric cancers and blood disorders in six participating
countries – The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago –, and a regional working group for Latin
America and the Caribbean set up by PAHO in 2017 to develop strategies and
recommendations for health system strengthening for childhood cancer.

The current efforts are also part of the broader Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 to improve survival rates by addressing barriers to access and quality of care for children with cancer.

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