What is Ti Kay Haiti?
Ti Kay Haiti is a US-based medical non-profit organization that started in Port Au Prince, Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. The organization works to ensure those with little are able to survive and succeed despite tuberculosis (TB). Lives are saved and reinvigorated through supporting TB and HIV treatment, which is inherently prevention, as well as timely access to diagnosis, assistance with medication adherence, and work on prevention. The priority is helping patients who do not have other chances, who are critically ill or who may not adhere to their medications.
What makes Ti Kay unique?
Care at no cost: To thwart the spread of TB in the community at large, treatment must be accessible to all. Those who have few resources are often those affected by TB; it spreads among those in crowded conditions or with poor nutrition. They may not able to pay for treatment and may face barriers to accessing medical care. Ti Kay helps remove those barriers.
Oxygen management: Oxygen is an important bridge to ensure survival while medications are given time to eradicate the TB from your lungs. Oxygen use requires careful management for each patient, so we have trained attendants to manage patients’ oxygen.
Complete patient support: To ensure that TB patients make the proper follow-up appointments and are compliant with their lengthy treatment regimen, it is necessary to make reminder visits or phone calls and to pay for transportation for those who cannot afford it. Patients often need supplemental nutrition to survive, Ti Kay provides food as needed to aid in healing.
Patient and community education: Ti Kay volunteers have created videos and visual printed materials to explain to patients, in a culturally relevant way, the importance of medication compliance and preventing the spread of disease.
Telemedicine: While TB is traditionally treated with Directly Observed Therapy (DOTS), such a strategy is not feasible with transient patients and unpredictable transportation. Instead, patients are “virtually seen” by medical personnel daily via image messaging.
How will your donations help?
Project funds would support outpatient TB and HIV/AIDS care in Port Au Prince. Specific activities that will be partially covered are as follows: patient support program, oxygen availability, workers and volunteers, information technology.
The Ohio State University Greif Neonatal Survival Program has been impacting the lives of many since its beginning in 2012. The program, created with a $2.5 million grant from Greif Inc., works to improve the lives of mothers and infants in low-income countries, through self-sustaining education and training programs to increase the in-country capacity of healthcare workers.
Since its inception,The Ohio State University Greif Neonatal Survival Program has trained more than 300 nurses and physicians in newborn resuscitation, created a neonatal nurse training program that has graduated seven nurses and built an SNCU at L’Hôpital Sainte-Thérèse de Hinche. Led by Monica Terez, BSN, RN, C, Ohio State faculty and staff have contributed more than 1000 teaching and training hours, 300 of them volunteered. Hundreds of newborn lives have been saved, to the gratitude of hundreds of families. As of June 2014, nine college-trained nurses have been hired and trained in a six-week course, developed by the Ohio State team, involving lectures, clinical skills training and mentorship in delivery units (Labor and Delivery units and Operating Rooms) and in the specialized newborn care unit.
The next steps include developing more in-country neonatal clinical educators and leaders in alignment with the strategic plan of the Haitian Ministry of Health; developing a visiting neonatologist program in which Ohio State neonatologists will deliver core lectures to pediatricians in low-income countries, both in person and online; and taking the program to other low-resource settings such as Ethiopia (underway) and Kenya.