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HIV/STI prevention program in Haiti is changing and saving lives

Date:
March 4, 2014
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University of Toronto
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A little training can go a long way in a desperate situation, a professor working in Haiti has recently demonstrated. She visited Leogane, Haiti, six times between 2011-2012 training eight displaced women living in tents to become health workers. These eight health workers helped implement the program with help from 200 other displaced women. The educational sessions took a holistic approach that addressed sexual and mental health, healthy relationships and coping with trauma. Results showed a marked decrease in depression, and an increase in sexual health awareness.

Assistant Professor Carmen Logie in Haiti.
Credit: Photo courtesy Carmen Logie

New research from the University of Toronto shows that a little training can go a long way in a desperate situation.

Carmen Logie, assistant professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, demonstrated that marginalized and displaced women in Leogane, Haiti, can measurably impact mental and sexual health behaviors in their village. Leogane was at the epicentre of a 2010 earthquake that displaced entire populations and led to the collapse of business, social and health infrastructure throughout the country.

Her study is published online at PLOS One.

"By bringing women together for six educational sessions in a space for them to build connections and share their stories, public health improved significantly," explained Logie. "Sexual health awareness and practices increased significantly and rates of depression in the community dropped 20 per cent."

Logie visited Leogane six times between 2011-2012 training eight displaced women living in tents to become health workers. These eight health workers helped implement the program with help from 200 other displaced women.

Logie's educational sessions took a holistic approach that addressed sexual and mental health, healthy relationships and coping with trauma.

"By the end of the program participants had increased HIV and STI knowledge, increased condom use in the community and decreased depression rates from 33 to 13 per cent," says Logie.

Logie is planning to replicate the program in other parts of Haiti, integrating HIV testing and treatment as well as a micro-finance component to encourage citizens to build social and financial capital. She is also planning to adapt and pilot-test the program with displaced women in South Sudan.

Logie says the public needs to know about post-disaster situations and the long-lasting effect they can have on the poverty and health of survivors.

"We can empower internally displaced persons and build their capacity to be part of the solution and deliver whatever necessary help the situation calls for," says Logie. "There are 27 million internally displaced persons around the world living in tents and tent cities so we hope we can apply this concept elsewhere."


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The above story is based on materials provided by University of Toronto. The original article was written by Michael Kennedy. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Carmen H. Logie, CarolAnn Daniel, Peter A. Newman, James Weaver, Mona R. Loutfy. A Psycho-Educational HIV/STI Prevention Intervention for Internally Displaced Women in Leogane, Haiti: Results from a Non-Randomized Cohort Pilot Study. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (2): e89836 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089836

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