Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program at SBHF, financed by USAID, serves as a model for SCI programs in resource-poor settings around the world.
What began as a response to the overwhelming need for spinal cord injury rehabilitation services following the January 12, 2010 earthquake, has grown into the only nationally-focused program combining inpatient rehabilitation and an outpatient support network for over 100 persons with paralysis and other disabilities. The program takes an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to caring for persons with an SCI, and supports patients on their reintegration into their communities and homes. Additionally, the program partners with the Haitian government on advocacy activities, coordinates a national SCI working group, supports income generating activities, education for persons with a SCI, and capacity-building for health care professionals.
SBHF has assessed over 150 persons for a spinal cord injury since the program began in 2010. There are currently over 100 participants enrolled in the program across the country, with 85% of them living at home in their communities and receiving medical, psychosocial, and material support through the program. Additionally, over 150 people from the Fond-des-Blancs region have received general rehabilitation care for non-spinal cord injuries through the rehabilitation center.
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