In February, 2012, Drs. David Olive and Wael Megid journeyed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they assisted in the development of the first In Vitro Fertilization program in the county! The program was conceived by Dr. Harry Beauvais, a Haitian physician known throughout the small nation for his work in gynecology, infertility and public health.
Dr. Beauvais founded Le Centre Haitien d’Investigation et de Traitment Avance de I’infertilite (CHITAI), a free-standing center that specializes in IVF and outpatient gynecologic surgery. The IVF component was instituted in 2011 with a vision of becoming one of the most successful such programs in the Caribbean, thus bringing financial resources into Haiti. It is Dr. Beauvais’ belief that Haiti’s image (and self-image) will change only when it starts to do things people think it cannot do.
In early 2012, Drs. Olive and Megid joined the program in an attempt to further develop the quality of clinical and laboratory care provided. For 10 days, Dr. Olive worked with the clinical team, developing protocols and reviewing patient care decisions. Dr. Megid aided in laboratory organization and taught embryology skills. Both participated in all procedures at the center, assisting in delivery of infertility care to many Haitians in need.
The results of that effort were seen in 9 months, as the first baby conceived via IVF in Haiti was born. Since that time, the program has prospered, and now has performed hundreds of cycles with many resulting pregnancies. Our doctors still serve in an advisory capacity to CHITAI, consulting with their Haitian collegues whenever needed.