What Is Primary Care and preventative care?

Primary care is the foundation of a health care system, it must be effective, efficient, and meets the needs of patients, families, and communities. The primary care system currently has significant—and perhaps unprecedented—opportunities to emphasize quality improvement (QI) and practice redesign in ways that could fundamentally improve health care in Haiti. To ensure these efforts are successful, there is a need to improve and sustain the ability of primary care practices to engage in quality improvement activities in a continuous and effective way in Haiti.

A well-trained professional doctor prepared to give quality primary care as their entry point to the framework. Such essential primary doctors give: 

  • first-contact care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern;
  • comprehensive care for the person which is not organ- or problem-specific;
  • longitudinal or continuous care for the patient;
  • responsibility for coordinating other health services as they relate to the patient's care.

Physicians who deliver comprehensive primary medical care are uniquely trained to provide the service:

  • recognize early symptoms of the serious disease;
  • distinguish between self-limited illnesses and problems requiring further medical intervention;
  • perform time-efficient histories, physicals, and diagnoses carried out at the quick pace required in most ambulatory care settings;
  • provide screening and counseling to prevent disease;
  • communicate with a variety of patients in a long-term relationship;
  • access and utilize social and financial resources for patients.

Best primary care providers in Haiti

#1) Sante Nou Haiti

Sante Nou is the #1 Nationwide primary care provider in Haiti connected to a loved one in the USA
Sante NOU Haiti helps improve the human development index in Haiti. When you become a Main Subscriber, a loved one back home will receive primary care. When this happens, their health will improve-life expectancy will improve-and so will human development in Haiti. 

Starting in 2020, the Primary Care Voucher extends a primary healthcare regime to persons being sponsored by the main subscriber. The care for a Primary Care Voucher subscriber takes place inside a Santé Nou affiliated clinic or a designated healthcare center. The Primary Care Voucher will extend its services to all sponsored persons of the main subscriber from children to adults as well as women needing maternal care.

Sante Nou Is Improving Primary Care Practice In Haiti

Capacity Building
Sante Nou has an operational manager in Haiti that focuses on infrastructure to help primary care practices develop quality improvement capacity, and describe approaches and supports that could develop and support capacity in primary care services in Haiti.

Full physical examination

Included
A physical examination helps your PCP to determine the general status of your health. The exam also gives you a chance to talk to them about any ongoing pain or symptoms that you’re experiencing or any other health concerns that you might have.

A physical examination is recommended at least once a year, especially in people over the age of 50. These exams are used to:

  • check for possible diseases so they can be treated early
  • identify any issues that may become medical concerns in the future
  • update necessary immunizations
  • ensure that you are maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine
  • build a relationship with your PCP

Laboratory Tests

Included
Laboratory tests check a sample of your blood, urine, or body tissues. A technician or your doctor analyzes the test samples to see if your results fall within the normal range. The tests use a range because what is normal differs from person to person. Many factors affect test results. These include

  • Your sex, age and race
  • What you eat and drink
  • Medicines you take
  • How well you followed pre-test instructions

Your doctor may also compare your results to results from previous tests. Laboratory tests are often part of a routine checkup to look for changes in your health. They also help doctors diagnose medical conditions, plan or evaluate treatments, and monitor diseases.

Basic Medicine

Included
Medicines can treat diseases and improve your health. If you are like most people, you need to take medicine at some point in your life. You may need to take medicine every day, or you may only need to take medicine once in a while. Either way, you want to make sure that your medicines are safe, and that they will help you get better. In Haiti, Sante Nou is in charge of ensuring that your prescription and over-the-counter medicines are safe and effective.

There are always risks to taking medicines. It is important to think about these risks before you take a medicine. Even safe medicines can cause unwanted side effects or interactions with food, alcohol, or other medicines you may be taking. Some medicines may not be safe during pregnancy. To reduce the risk of reactions and make sure that you get better, it is important for you to take your medicines correctly.  Sante Nou have professional staff yo make sure that happen.

X-rays

  • Bones, teeth, bone fractures and other abnormalities of bone.
  • Joint spaces and some abnormalities of joints, such as osteoarthritis.
  • The size and shape of the heart. So, certain heart conditions can be detected.
  • Changes in the density of some softer tissues. For example, a lung tumour is more dense than air-filled lung and will show as a 'shadow' on a chest X-ray. A breast tumour is more dense than ordinary breast tissue and shows as a 'shadow' on an X-ray of the breast. An X-ray of the breast is also known as a mammogram.
  • Collections of fluid - for example, in the lung or gut - may show as grey 'shadows' against the normal black of the air-filled chest, or hollow gut.

#2) Partners In Health

Partners IN Health now helps deliver comprehensive, high-quality health care in some of the poorest, most remote regions of Haiti. A local staff of 5,300 doctors, nurses, and community health workers serve an area of 4.5 million people, and we do it all in partnership with the national Ministry of Health.

We believe health is a human right—regardless of where you live or under which conditions you were born. That’s why we offer basic medical care, such as safe births, as well as perform lifesaving surgeries, treat cancer, and support patients living with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease.

PIH also builds the next generation of doctors and nurses. University Hospital in Mirebalais, a 300-bed teaching hospital, is home to residency programs in emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, and nurse anesthesiology. Graduates from these multi-year programs work throughout the country, reinforcing the local health system and allowing more patients access to the care they deserve.

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