HHF’s clinic in Jérémie, named Klinik Pep Bondye-a by the Haitian people, features the following:
- Fully stocked pharmacy
- Medical X-ray and sonogram—the only such services in the area
- Clinical laboratory
- Eye examination room, fully equipped
- Five patient examination rooms
- Fully equipped and staffed dental clinic
- Diabetes treatment center
- Staff of physicians, dentists, nurses, technical assistants, etc.
The Haitian Health Foundation also provides health care services through a public health outreach to over 100 mountain village in the Jérémie area. Health services include: immunizations, de-worming, vitamins, well-baby care, frequent health checks (including weighing and nutritional/health counseling), and vitamin A distribution, which prevents childhood blindness.
There are over 100 rural mountain villages under Haitian Health Foundation’s “umbrella of care.” The villagers are committed to self-help, cooperation, and hard work for the health of the residents. For example, in some villages:
- Mother, Father and Youth Groups have been created, to allow villagers to meet and talk about ways to work for better health for their communities. To our knowledge, HHF has the only fully functioning Fathers’ Group in Haiti;
- Community banks have been established;
- Villagers’ health records have been added to our database, now with over 190,000 files; and,
- Haitian volunteers have organized health fairs and repaired roads for easier access for HHF health teams.
Where available, each village has a dedicated Health Agent—a resident Haitian who is trained to provide excellent health care, 24/7. The dedicated (or shared) Health Agents provide health education and primary care for between 3,000–4,000 rural villagers. Each year, over 225,000 people receive care for approximately $3 US per person per year, in large part because of the Health Agent program.
Health agents also work to educate the community on preventative healthcare. For example, mothers are taught oral rehydration for children with diarrhea, reversing the diarrhea with pennies’ worth of salts to replace lost electrolytes in sick children. Subsequently, diarrhea deaths in children—a rapid and painful death—have been significantly decreased.
Health Agents are supervised by Haitian Health Foundation nurses and medical doctors and evaluated frequently. This education is provided through songs, skits, and stories—this approach works well in a mostly non-literate population. Support public health outreach with gift to our Adopt-a-Village or Adopt-a-Health Agent program.
Center of Hope
In 2001, through the generous support of benefactors, the Center of Hope (“Sant Lespwa” in the kreyòl language) was constructed. The Center of Hope is a residential treatment facility for two of the most vulnerable and fragile populations in rural Haiti: at-risk pregnant women and severely malnourished children.
The Maternal Waiting Home provides residential care for women in high-risk pregnancies. Village women previously had to walk for hours to receive treatment, travel in a “rickshaw” ambulance, or on the back of a motorcycle, often losing their children and their lives. This facility enables them to be close to the local hospital, helping to decrease maternal and newborn mortality. While at the Center of Hope, the women receive excellent prenatal care, nutritious meals, and clean and comfortable housing.
The Kwashiorkor Treatment Facility is for children who suffer from severe malnutrition caused by protein deficiency. These children often need to be tube fed, as they have lost the ability to eat—sometimes even the ability to cry. Rehabilitation of these children is often difficult; to help with the treatment, mothers are housed with the children to learn about proper nutrition and to prevent a relapse into malnutrition.