The Management of Fatima group supports the initiative of the Board & thanks the Directors of the Haiti chapter for their availability and commitment.
Interview with Doctor Nadine Pierre Louis, Internist, Hôpital Milot, CRUDEM
Question: Do the patients know about their situation ? Do they give them their diagnosis ?
Answer : Yes and no
It is our daily struggle to find the best way to let the patients know about their prognosis. When the prognosis is terminal, we do not advice the patients. Emotionally, the family thinks that the patient cannot handle the news ; Psychologically there is fear of total collapse. In general, we try to find the best way to explain the journey the patient will have to endure and what we can or cannot do to help. Generally we get the patients when it is too late.
Question: Tell us about their prevention ? Do we make a systematic screening ?
Answer: 70% of patients don't come for screening Culturally, people don't come for that. For breast cancer, there is one place in Cap-Haïtien where they do mammograms.. The fee for the service is not affordable for the patients. Patients arrive at stage 4 and it's already too late.
Question: Financially speaking, Does the clientele have the necessary means to support the treatments costs ?
Answer: Patients always arrive too late to the hospital, because they have already gone elsewhere prior, sometimes to a voodoo priest where they exhaust their funds. In Haiti there is no insurance to cover the hospital costs. HealthCare services reflect the economic reality of the patient.
Question: Do you have a partnerwith the vodoo priests to refer the patients as soon as possible ?
Answer: Officially in Haiti, the voodoo priests do not exist. To be in partnership with them as the patient expects is unrealistic. When the patient goes to see a voodoo priest it is in the greatest secrecy.
Description of a family member who got cancer with Cincia Josemont Fontaine
It is unfortunate. If the children knew that the lady had cancer before her death there would have been a possibility of reducing her suffering. Her mother-in-law died of cancer. The diagnosis was given after her death. The problem is that there's no place for screening in Cap-Haitien. It's either after the death or when the person reaches stage 4 that doctors give a diagnosis.
The preventive aspect with Jean Claude Magny, Ph. D
Jean Claude Magny is a medical professional with a multidisciplinary team in a medical clinic that advocates an integrated approach to health by combining the traditional medicine with alternative medicine.
It can be said that a true fight against cancer can start with prevention. Prevention is an approach that aims to empower each individual in support of minimizing risk factors that play a role against the evil of the century that is cancer. These factors include:
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Physical inactivity
- Chronic stress
All these factors are controllable and can be avoided, because they depend solely on the individual. FABC, in collaboration with 'Clubs of Education to Health for Active Prevention (CESPA), is ready and willing to accompany you in your journey to adopt a healthy lifestyles.
Never forget that: "Prevention and early detection can save your life".