Saint Boniface is able to serve the Haitian community in the aftermath of natural disasters and in times of emergency aid, but we are also dedicated to the treatment of non-infectious diseases. Though infectious diseases like tuberculosis and cholera often make the headlines, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are incredible threats to Haitian communities. By 2030, NCDs are expected to be leading cause of death in most low-income countries.
Diabetes, like many NonCommunicable Diseases, disproportionately affects low-income communities, and more than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle income countries. Diabetes is a metabolic disease where individuals cannot produce enough insulin for their blood, and as a result suffer high blood sugar levels over extended periods of time. In extreme cases, diabetes can cause kidney failure, eye failure, heart disease, and foot ulcers. SBHF patients who have diabetes are often forced to stay at the hospital - and away from their work - for weeks at a time. A diagnosis can be debilitating for individuals who rely on their own labor as a source of income. SBHF works to diagnose patients suffering from diabetes and get them on a treatment protocol before the side effects become debilitating.
Haiti has very high rates of hypertension and heart disease. SBHF provides care to patients suffering from heart problems, and counsels patients on preventative measures.
At the Kay Gran Moun home for the elderly in Fond-des-Blancs, SBHF supports aging members of the community who have no family left to care for them and would otherwise be homeless. Limited family income means that elderly members of the Haitian communities are often left uncared. We are able to provide living assistance to these individuals, thanks to the funding support of Queen of Peace parish in Gainesville, Florida. Learn more here.