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Last week the UN announced a new campaign to combat Cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, committing $23.5 million in UN support as well as $215 million in existing donor funding.  Health facilities play a central role in these efforts.  While the need for clean water and sanitation extend far beyond the health facility, clinics and hospitals are on the front lines of reporting, treating and preventing the disease.  In responding to Cholera, health facilities have a number of crucial tasks

A new medical testing device, about the size of a credit card, has overcome many of the challenges facing similar lab-on-chip diagnostics for HIV and other diseases.  This new development, the V-Chip, presents results that can be read instantly, and allows for up to 50 different tests at once.

A recent breakthrough in steam generation - fueled entirely by the sun - shows promise in advancing medical waste and equipment sterilization, wastewater treatment and water purification.

Wiring Renovation Advances at HUEH

Friday, 16 November 2012

Wiring upgrades have been completed at the emergency ward of HUEH hospital in Port-au-Prince.  IHFI’s electrical focus at the facility compliments a larger renovation effort by USAID and other donors, currently underway at the hospital.

National health laboratory systems are on the frontlines of health the world over.  As a critical component to combating disease, laboratory systems must deliver reliable and efficient health services on tight resources; often achieved through standardized and tiered facility capabilities.

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