SHU and St. Francios de Salles Memorandum of Understanding

The Societe Haitienne D’Urologie (SHU) and the Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) are proud to announce the official signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the SHU and St. Francois de Salles on Friday, August 26, 2016 in Port-au-Prince on the premises of the newly built Hospital.

Background Information:

For more than 20 years, foreign urologists have independently provided direct patient care in Haiti or conducted educational seminars to share their expertise with fellow Haitian colleagues. In general, these activities have operated independently without cross-coordination and thus have failed to achieve their full potential.

Creation of Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU)

To overcome these shortcomings, several Haitian, American, and International Urologists have dedicated great efforts and resources for the past 5 years towards numerous seminars, workshops, AUA supported Ultrasound Workshops and two-day conferences in Port-au-Prince (2013, 2014). This has helped the organization overall to evolve into a better organized and coordinated Urology Association. The newly named Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) will be able to streamline these efforts in order to maximize the positive impact to urology training, practice and patient care in Haiti. GASHU has recently identified the newly built Hospital St Francois de Salles (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) as one of the premiere hospitals in Haiti which offers great potential for the training of Residents and the development of surgical workshops. The geographic location and infrastructure of Hospital St Francois de Salles (SFDS) are superb. The Haitian Clergy and Leadership at SFDS are very welcoming and eager to help the Haitian Community at large.

This significant effort which holds great promise to change the landscape of urologic care in Haiti is supported by several influential foreign global Urology organizations and international leaders in the field of Urology.

The members of these efforts include the American Urologic Association ( AUA ) the Global Philanthropic Committee ( GPC ) , Societe Internationale D’Urologie - SIU, International Volunteers in Urology (current name Ivied ) Association des Medecins Haitiens a l’Etranger (AMHE) , Societe Haitienne D'Urologie (SHU) , Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons- GURS, Project Haiti, Notre Dame Filariasis Project, and Konbit Sante to name a few.


A Clear Mission:

The Mission of the Organization is to improve academic urologic training in Haiti by working with the residents and to better coordinate the efforts of non-Haitian urologists contributing to urologic care in Haiti. This will also improve access and quality of urological care in Haiti. Another focus point of our mission is to increase educational awareness towards the Haitian public on the importance of urologic disorders. This mission will be completed through various media outlets and activities.


What we Have Accomplished

By working with our partners through the GPC and through a major donation of Karl Storz and others we have secured the following equipment;

1- Endoscopic Equipments worth more than $ 350,000.00 donated by Karl Storz through GPC and delivered to St Francois de Salles, Catholic Charity Hospital (Port-au-Prince) on August 26, 2016, and previously to Les Cayes (State Hospital) July, 2016, and State Hospital Justinien (Cap Haitian), August 22, 2016. These instruments will allow for adult and pediatric endoscopic treatment of prostate and bladder diseases.

2- Three ultrasound and endoscopic units donated to the HUEH ( Hospital de L’Universite D’Haiti ) by Drs Lanctin ( Project Haiti ) , Gousse ( AUA liaison to Haiti ) , De Vries ( President of IVUMed ) and Badlani ( former Secretary General of the AUA ) . The ultrasound equipment will allow for prostate examination and biopsy, as well as imaging of the upper (kidneys) and lower (bladder) urinary tract. Prostate cancer is very prevalent in Haiti and these technologically-advanced units will significantly help with earlier detection of prostate disease.

3- A dedicated Urology Nurse who will oversee the care of the instruments and help with medical staff training and coordination of the Workshops.

4- Numerous previous Workshops, Training of Haitian Urology residents in the United States at Fundamentals of Urology ( AUA ) Didactics Course , Fellowship Training of Young Haitian Urologists ( SIU –GPC ) , and AUA sponsored Hands-On Ultrasound Course in Haiti


Future Equipments to Arrive:
1- Holmium Laser Technology
2- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy
These machines are state of the art for the management of kidney, ureteral, and bladder stones.

Future Academic Activities:
Future GASHU Conference at Karibe Hotel (October 29-30, 2016) where many International and Haitian Urologists and residents will be presenting their clinical and academic experience in Urology during the two day conference.

Future Workshops for the year
1- Vesico-Vaginal Fistula
2- Endoscopic Stone Surgery
3- Laser management of urologic disorders

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