02.14.2018 / Port-au-Prince, Haiti

For 2018, World Vasectomy Day made a commitment to continue our expansion from a single day event to a series of activities to take place3 throughout the year. We know that as our ultimate dream Is to become a community of conscientious men, of committed doctors, caring families, committed FP leaders and creative storytellers, media activists and artists from throughout the world, we have our work cut out and one day a year won’t do the trick!

 

In this spirit, from January – March, working hand in hand with our partners at Profamil in Haiti and with the support of FP2020, World Vasectomy Day helped organize a series of 7 activities. The overall objective was to move towards a sustainable and viable vasectomy program there. As in so many other countries the general attitude when we started was, ‘Haitian men will get a vasectomy’. While, there are always going to be those who are in opposition, the fact is there are many Haitian men prepared and committed to doing right by their loved ones.

From February 14- March 13, World Vasectomy Day and our partner, Profamil produced a mini World Vasectomy Day with funding from FP2020. During the month we trained 25 community health workers, 3 vasectomists, worked with 50 journalists, produced 10 short videos as part of our demand generation campaign that inspired almost 100 vasectomies in Port au Prince and wrote new norms for vasectomy which will be included in Haiti’s National Policy of Family Planning.

For 2018, World Vasectomy Day made a commitment to continue our expansion from a single day event to a series of activities to take place3 throughout the year. We know that as our ultimate dream Is to become a community of conscientious men, of committed doctors, caring families, committed FP leaders and creative storytellers, media activists and artists from throughout the world, we have our work cut out and one day a year won’t do the trick!

In this spirit, from January – March, working hand in hand with our partners at Profamil in Haiti and with the support of FP2020, World Vasectomy Day helped organize a series of 7 activities. The overall objective was to move towards a sustainable and viable vasectomy program there. As in so many other countries the general attitude when we started was, ‘Haitian men will get a vasectomy’. While, there are always going to be those who are in opposition, the fact is there are many Haitian men prepared and committed to doing right by their loved ones.

The activities included:

1: Training 25 health promoters, including 10 from Profamil, 10 from the MoH and 5 men who had had a vasectomy and were willing to become champions for the procedure. It included a live Skype with master trainer and professor, Dr. Michel Labrecque from Quebec, Canada. He did two vasectomies and explained the procedure step by step. It was over so quickly that the second time we actually timed the entire procedure – it took under 5 minutes.

2: Three doctors from Profamil traveled north to Cap Haitien to participate in an intensive vasectomy workshop organized with NSVI (No Scalpel Vasectomy International) and led by Dr. Labrecque and Dr. Stein. Each doctor worked on at least 25 cases and by the end, each was able to do vasectomies independently.

3: On March 13th we created a mini-WVD event e at Profamil’s MLK Clinic in downtown Port au Prince. We had originally hoped to have 10-15 vasectomies, but in fact, our campaign and our outreach workers were so successful that we nearly 100 men had shown up by 8:30 in the morning. 84 men got their vasectomy done, many by our three Haitian trained providers who were now working independently. An additional 50 men signed up to get their vasectomies done in the near future.

  1. Our media campaign was a huge success and way more ambitious than we had anticipated. We put up 10 billboards throughout the city and Dr. Gianni Decastro, executive director of Profamil, participated in over a dozen radio shows, did interview for 5- 10 print outlets and were part of 6 television shows. In addition, we produced 5 testimonial videos worked with Haiti’s preeminent comedian, Kako to do a series of comedic videos. These media assets will continue to be used in future campaigns.

  1. We know that programming based on evidence based research is important so we organized three sets of evaluations including, the doctors, the community health workers and the men who chose a vasectomy. Each demonstrated successful programs, but we were particularly pleased at how many of the men who had a vasectomy did so with heightened awareness of the social value of a vasectomy.

  1. Our objective was to develop a set of norms that would be incorporated into the Ministry of Health’s national family planning program due to be completed by the end of 2018. Dr. Labrecque was put in charge of writing them and a draft has been presented to the government. These norms also address issues of male engagement in family planning and make building a sustainable vasectomy program more likely.

  1. Finally, we developed a program with Dr. Gianni Decastro and Profamil with hopes of creating a sustainable program in Port au Prince. Our ability to create sustainable programs depends on our capacity to find committed partners. We are excited about the future of vasectomy in Haiti.

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