Dr. Stephanie Crane began working in Haiti as a first responder after the 2010 earthquake. In January 2011, Crane and select Rush medical providers began working in Jerusalem. CE now provides consistent and comprehensive primary care and dental care.
We regularly work with Dr. Fiquita St. Paul, a local physician, to provide training to community healthcare workers and care for chronic diseases in the community. Dr. St. Paul and team have launched a door-to-door community survey to determine essential health care needs and for further research purposes. Additionally, the implementation of an electronic medical record system (EMR) has allowed us to provide more comprehensive care.
CE has partnered with several dentists to provide preventative are and treatment for chronic tooth pain, gum disease and more. Patients are educated on proper dental hygiene and provided supplies to continue care in our absence.
The clinic in Jerusalem is working with Dr. St. Paul, and community healthcare workers to build a strong client base in the community. We’ve partnered with Health Education Project Haiti, a Haitian NGO, to provide women’s health education and contraception.
This year, CE welcomed two Global Health Fellows from Rush University. They will be learning and serving alongside Dr. St. Paul, allowing for enhanced clinical activities, as well as supporting research efforts that will help us better target the needs of the community.
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Jerusalem, Haiti emerged as a temporary tent community for those left homeless. Situated in a vacant desert, many were relocated by the government or lured by the promise of claimable land.
In 2013, the government declared it a permanent community. Today, over 300,000 people reside in Jerusalem. There are churches, small schools and thousands of simple homes, but the lack of resources and infrastructure is still apparent. Jobs are rare, clean water is sparse, and many people go days without food.
Le Fleur Orphanage
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti left behind an estimated 1 million orphans among its survivors. These children have either taken to the streets or have been warehoused in makeshift orphanages, where they receive minimal sustenance, occasional medical care, and limited access to any significant education.
Community Empowerment has partnered with the Madame LeFleur Orphanage, a charitable Haitian entity, in Jerusalem. The founder, Madame LeFleur, cares and provides for 52 children as of 2019.
Our long term sustainability plan is to develop a dedicated clinic facility and potable water program in partnership with the Ministry of Health and like-minded NGOs. Furthermore, careful analysis of our community health survey will optimize ongoing care.