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- Taken by
- Dror Yaron
- Explore score
- 1.41 Gigapixels
- Date added
- August 08, 2011
- Date taken
- May 06, 2011
GigapanMagazine.org vol 3 issue 4
Within weeks of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, HAS partnered with Hanger Prosthetics to assist the thousands of Haitians who became amputees as a result of the earthquake. The U.S. Prosthetic technicians who come to Hanger have trained local Haitians, and as a result, HAS/Hanger now employs four Haitian prosthetic technicians. Watch them at work: seehaiti.posterous.com/hanger-workshop-34050
Rehabilitation services have, until recently, been virtually non-existent in Haiti. In 2008, in collaboration with Health Volunteer Overseas and HAS, the Friends of HAS Haiti initiated a training program for rehabilitation technicians which has now expanded with the aim to build a national model for rehabilitation services in Haiti. This service is now expanding to help bring community-based services to the disabled who live in HAS’s catchment area. This new program will help more Haitians with disabilities regain mobility, productivity and self-confidence.
The image of this workshop has much room for exploration. All of the raw materials to create prosthetics are shipped from the US. All of the staff are Haitian, and trained on-site. The hope is that the workshop will eventually be completely locally run. The physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic is situated right next door, so that once fitted for their prosthetic limbs, patients can almost immediately begin physical therapy. On a typical day, between 15 and 40 patients are seen in the clinic, being fitted with artificial limbs and learning to regain mobility. The clinic has provided artificial limbs to more than 1,000 earthquake victims since it opened in 2010.
Hundreds of quotes and anecdotes are scribbled on the cinder-block walls, from the previous staff who had worked there: seehaiti.posterous.com/prosthetics-workshop
The walls are also painted in brightly colored murals, depicting Haitians with prosthetics doing everyday activities. One of the more recent additions to the hospital’s programs, the Philip Craig Arts Therapy Program - friendsofhas.org/projects/hacop_pcap.php3 - is also housed here.