Lack of a quality health care infrastructure contributes to Haiti’s generally poor health status. With the majority of Haitians residing in rural areas like Grand-Bois, most don’t have access to even the most basic health services.
With your help, ServeHAITI has established several programs to improve the health of Grand-Bois residents.
St. Vincent de Paul Health Center
When ServeHAITI first began providing healthcare services, Grand-Bois residents requiring care were seen in a makeshift clinic in the back of the local church- St. Pierre Parish.
Through the hard work and commitment of volunteers and the generous support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta, GA and many other donors, ServeHAITI built the two-story St. Vincent de Paul Health Center, opening its doors in June 2005.
The Health Center offers primary and acute medical, dental and malnutrition care and perinatal and obstetrics, optometry, pharmaceutical and community health education services.
Led by medical director, Dr. Leopold Florent Bourgouin, the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center serves more than 16,000 patients annually.
ServeHAITI employs over 50 Haitian medical and support personnel who see patients 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. The Health Center staff includes doctors, nurses, pharmacy technicians, water technicians, community health workers, a social worker, cooks, maintenance workers, a full-time driver, and a radio manager.
How You Can Help
Help fund the daily operation of the Health Center! Your contribution allows the residents of Grand-Bois, Haiti to receive life-saving care 24 hours/day, every day of the year.
covers the cost of the Health Center’s operations for one month.
covers the cost of the Health Center’s operations for one week.
covers the cost of the Health Center’s operations for one day.
These costs include staff salaries, medical supplies, life-saving medications and everything else needed to provide quality health care to our patients.
Medika Mamba Program
In response to the persistent problem of malnutrition in Grand-Bois, ServeHAITI undertook a partnership with Meds & Food for Kids, Inc. to bring the Medika Mamba Program to the Health Center in 2010.
The program targets children ranging from 6 months to 5 years of age with moderate to severe malnutrition. A 12-week supply of a fortified, nutrient dense peanut butter mixture is provided to parents to administer at home. Parents also bring their children to the Health Center for periodic evaluation, during which height and weight measurements are taken.
$75 covers the entire cost of a 12-week, home-based treatment program for one child. This includes Plumpy Nut, clinic consultations, antibiotics, water sanitation, and other supportive care.
Supervised by our Social Worker, Andre Fritz Jean Louis, ServeHAITI’s 16 Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve as liaisons between the Health Center and the community by working in the field and making home visits. They raise awareness of health concerns and identify individuals who require care.
At its inception, the Community Health Worker program focused primarily on proactive outreach and hygiene and sanitation education. Since then, it has evolved to include basic first aid, perinatal referrals, preliminary testing for high blood pressure and childhood malnutrition, and messages about the importance of clean water.
Each CHW visits an average of 100 households per month. Collectively, they refer approximately 200 new patients to the Health Center each month – patients who would not have otherwise known about or benefited from our services.
The Health Center serves as a source of care for expectant mothers. The Health Center provides a perinatal incentive program, which includes three prenatal visits, obstetric ultrasound, delivery, and postpartum check for mother and baby.
As an incentive to come to the Health Center for delivery, ServeHAITI provides each new mother with a “Welcome Home Baby Kit” containing items essential to care for her newborn at home.
Approximately 40 babies are born each month at the Health Center.