Over the past year, our work has continued to expand to fill the ever-increasing demand for healthcare services in southern Haiti. This expansion has taken many forms: in geographic reach, in services covered, and in capacity to care for more and more patients. Read on to learn about what your support has made possible in the year since the storm hit.
As soon as they could, teams of doctors and nurses from SBH started traveling to the most remote communities on the western end of the Southern Peninsula, which had been hardest hit by the hurricane. Their goal was to provide medical care to people who had been most affected by the storm. Many of the people they saw had not only been without medical care since the hurricane—many had never seen a doctor before in their lives.
These clinics continue, with the support of UNICEF and individual donors, in two key communities that were badly affected by the hurricane: Maniche, north of Les Cayes, and Tiburon on the far west coast.
Since the mobile clinics started in December our teams have seen 15,000 patients, provided 1,200 doses of lifesaving childhood vaccinations, and referred hundreds of people to health facilities and malnutrition treatment programs in order to get the specialized care they need.
Many of the communities that the mobile clinics reach rarely if ever see vehicles arrive because the roads are so treacherous. In Dalmette, community members turned out with pickaxes and shovels to help widen and clear a stretch of road so that the mobile clinic trucks could reach the town.
Everywhere they go, our mobile clinic teams are met with cheers, thanks, and offers to help, as people want to take an active role in ensuring their families and neighbors have access to care.