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Review for Haiti Nursing Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Nothing is more important to people than their health. Unless you have had the privilege of living or working in Haiti as I have, it is almost impossible to imagine the health conditions that are common in that country. A large segment of the population still dies in childhood because of easily preventable problems like malnutrition or communicable diseases like malaria. Even simple things like clean drinking water and hand washing are not available or widely practiced. Nurses who know how to prevent illness and can teach these practices are invaluable. And yet, the number of highly educated nurses in Haiti is disturbingly few. The work of the Haiti Nursing Foundation is directed at advancing nursing as a professional discipline in Haiti. One of the primary recipients of the work of Haiti Nursing Foundation is the Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti (FSIL). FSIL provides a 4-year bachelor's degree in nursing. The graduates of the program are all working in Haiti and making a real difference in healthcare in their communities. They were particularly effective during the earthquake when the students and graduates provided emergency health care for victims who lived in Leogane (the epicenter of the earthquake). I am really proud of these young nurses.

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