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Scientific Forum at HUM reunites Haitian doctors and scientists

The Departments of Medical Education and Research of Zanmi Lasante in collaboration with the University of Equity in Global Health in Haiti, organized a scientific forum, Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the auditorium of the university hospital de Mirebalais (HUM), on the theme: "Dynamics of research in a society in crisis".

This scientific forum brought together several Haitian and foreign medical researchers online and in person, who presented various reflections and studies related to the development of scientific research in Haiti.

Major conferences were led by anthropologists, doctors and researchers from HUM, the State University of Haiti (UEH), Quisqueya University and the University of Equity in Global Health in Haiti.

They focused on problems related to COVID-19 in Haiti, the experience of the disease and social representations, the development of scientific research and hospital residence, research at the service of quality improvement. services and pediatric care in Haiti and research to improve the quality of services and care in Haiti.

The Departments of Medical Education and Research of Zanmi Lasante have been organizing this scientific forum since September 2016 to complete the academic year. This annual meeting is an important time for discussion on issues of health, precariousness and humanitarian action in Haiti and internationally, while highlighting the results of research and innovations in the medical field. social.

Faced with the resurgence of the phenomenon of insecurity raging in the country, the scientific day did not take place in 2019 and given the Covid-19 pandemic, the year 2021 was not favorable either. In 2022, the organizers moved heaven and earth to make the forum possible even as the pandemic continues. More than fifteen clinicians and anthropologists presented their research work and about a hundred people took part in this event.

Doctor Maurice Junior Chery who made his presentation on the acceptance of the vaccine against COVID-19 and the determinants of hesitation in Haiti believes that the world is changing thanks to advances in research in all fields and that it is good taste that Zanmi Lasante is taking steps towards scientific research to advance medicine in Haiti.

“It is with pride that I presented the results of my research,” he says. “It was important for me to present this work, the stakes of which are palpable in our society. These results should above all challenge decision-makers to re-evaluate the messages of the vaccination campaign in order to address the doubts of the population and thus increase the uptake of the vaccine in the communities,” said Doctor Maurice Junior Chery.


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