Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
The mission of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is to collaborate with the people of the Artibonite Valley as they strive to improve their health and quality of life.Over the past six decades, HAS Haiti has weathered public health crises, epidemics, natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and political instability—setbacks that have repeatedly challenged the hospital’s staff, resources, and infrastructure. In 2014, HAS still must generate its own electricity, treat and process its own water, operate and maintain vehicles that deliver medicines and supplies, and manage a busy and complex hospital—all without any nearby modern infrastructure.All the while, HAS has never closed its doors. HAS treated thousands of patients who sought care after the devastating earthquake in 2010, including many who required emergency surgery and other lifesaving interventions. Today, it is the only full-service hospital for approximately 350,000 people.While much has changed in the past 60 years, the philosophy of HAS—to care for those who are most in need with dignity, compassion, and respect—has never wavered. Fully embedded in its community, HAS Haiti continues to be a model for effective, efficient, and compassionate healthcare delivery in a challenged setting.