Haiti Clinic

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues:

Location: 865 37th Place Vero Beach FL 32960 USA

Mission: To improve access to health care for the impoverished people of Cite Soleil, Haiti.
Results: Our clinic is entirely staffed by Haitians including: a doctor, three nurses (one specializing in prenatal care), a pharmacy worker and a manager. Donated money is used to pay the Haitian staff and to provide all medications and supplies for the clinic. Our long range plans include strong educational and advocacy components aimed at improving the living conditions of the residents of Cite Soleil.
Target demographics: Cite Soleil is a 3 square mile area in which 200,000 to 400,000 people live in conditions that would defy the imagination of most Americans. Most of the people that we treat at the clinic are young adults and children as most of the residents don't live past the age of 50.
Direct beneficiaries per year: The clinic supports at least 15,000 to 20,000 visits per year for the people of Cite Soleil.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was seeking to work with an NGO that was dedicated to improving the health & quality of lives for the people of Haiti. Haiti Clinic does just that! I have never met such caring, compassionate, and dedicated people as those who volunteer with Haiti Clinic. I've been to Haiti 9 times over the past 14 months. Every time we pull up to our clinic in Cite Soleil, there as always hundreds of people waiting outside with huge smiles and plenty of "thanks"! There is no price for that! The most amazing part about volunteering is seeing the changes that are transpiring in their community and in their health as a result of Haiti Clinic! Haiti Clinic truly is making a difference!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1. Providing health care to people in an area where few NGOs are present 2. Obtaining a source of clean water for our community 3. Starting a Pediatric Clinic 4. Establishing a Women's Center with Prenatal Care program 5. Providing long term primary care to a population in need

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope to find a way to raise donations to help support our clinic, volunteers, and start a birthing center!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been to Haiti 4 times in the last year volunteering as a physician with Haiti Clinic. The people in the organization are wonderful. The clinic serves the most needy population in the Port Au Prince area. Even prior to the earthquake they had no electricity, running water or sanitation. The clinic does an excellent job with very limited resources providing free medical care and medicines for acute illness, prenatal care and well baby care. Haiti Clinic is staffed by a Haitian physician and nurses during the week. On weekends, physicians from the states come down to do large clinics. All volunteers pay all their own expenses. So, there is no overhead to speak of. Every donated dollar is used to provide care to people who would otherwise never get it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen people get acute and preventive care for free that they never would have received without Haiti Clinic.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get a better building to see patients so they can provide more care and services in a more accommodating environment

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to Haiti several times on medical missions but most recently with Haiti Clinic in Citie Soliel. Citie Soliel is one of the poorest slums in the world, with no running water, sanitation or electricity. The residents there have very little access to healthcare. Unlike many other missions to Haiti, Haiti Clinic is dedicated to providing a permanent clinic there with US physicians coming in only to support the Haitian providers who are there all of the time. As such, Haiti Clinic is able to provide better quality healthcare for the residents of Citie Soliel. Haiti Clinic sends teams to the clinic every two months or so to restock medicines and provide specialty care to help eradicate the many parasitic and infectious diseases endemic to the area. They have also established a prenatal and woman's clinic. All of the physicians here are volunteers and there is almost no "administrative overhead"...we pay our own way and provide for our own meals while there. Donations go predominantly to the running of the clinic.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing the care provided to the people of Citie Soliel, Port au prince, Haiti

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Haiti clinic desperately needs funding to continue to carry out its work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to Haiti twice with Haiti Clinic volunteers. The work needed is overwhelming; but, this small group gets it done. We saw between 700 and 900 patients on each of the clinic weekends we were there. Every penny donated goes to the purchase of medications and supplies, I have seen this firsthand!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The response from the patients served is incredible. You feel like a "Rockstar" with the outpouring of emotions. Many of the patients; especially the children, just want to touch you, shake your hand, get their picture taken with you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization I would cast a "magic spell" to help it obtain all the funding it needs because what they are doing in Cite Soleil is really "magic"!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a volunteer nurse which has assisted in Haiti at the Haiti Clinic pre and post earthquake. The area we have a clinic is Cite de Soiel, the biggest slum in Au Port d' Prince, Haiti. I pay for my own way and all expenses to participate in this clinic. We service over 900 people during 1 weekend each month. I have seen cases of scabies, malnutrition, boils, broken bones, knife lacerations, and bad infected teeth. the people here live in shacks with no electricity, cook off open flames, have dirt floors and limited opportunities for improvement. They drink contaminated water which they need to buy and is trucked in to them. Their government is not able to help them due to the large population. The Haiti Clinic is assisting these people to have some heatlh care provided to them for free as most hospitals in Haiti charge the population before they get any care. At one clinic, Haiti Clinic paid the hospital to treat an infant due to dehydration.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy of assisting other peoples regain some medical care which has been lacking in their communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spread the word that people are still in need in Haiti. Additional funding would assist in buying medications frequently used in this clinic and area of Haiti.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the 1st year following the Haiti earthquake, my Jensen Beach, FL church supported a national, church related charity providing supplies to Haiti. However, we found the shipping costs prohibitive and searched for another, lower overhead way to continue helping. Right under our noses, in Vero Beach, FL, we found a wonderful nonprofit that fit our situation perfectly. Haiti Clinic is a well-run, trust worthy, low overhead, non-sectarian, hands-on charity that provides both professional medical services and supplies to a clinic that was already established in a slum/suburb of Port au Prince before the earthquake. For anyone living in the general vacinity of Vero Beach, there are various ways to help, such as doing simple "pill packing" tasks or gathering baby/toddler supplies for the Clinic's Failure to Thrive program. The later is what my church is doing. If you live further away you can just send a check and be sure 100% will go to the needs of the Clinic and its patients. There's no administrative overhead or shipping costs for any of the supplies or people who fly down to Haiti every other month.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The verbal, written and pictoral reports brought back by the volunteers (doctors, nurses and other health care helpers) tell a wonderful story.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am not sure if a "Speaker's" bureau exists, but articulate people with a video presentation might general new sources of money, supplies and volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful charity that provides a medical clinic in a very poor inner city area. Pills are provided for the patients in small weekly or monthly bags so that they may have them without cost.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My connection is working in a senior housing development in Sebastian, FL. About six women ages 70 - 89 count out the pills and bag them for the monthly trips to Haiti. These women are delighted to be able to help in a charity that so directly benefits those who need care. The women themselves suffer from various ailments yet they can participate by doing this service. Haiti Clinic, Inc. helps the Haitians as well these frail elderly women who enjoy being useful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything other than expand the program if possible. It is so beneficial to the Haitians who need health care and it provides a joyful activity and confidence in their abilities for the women who are counting and bagging the pills to be distributed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never worried about drinking fresh water, buying clothes, walking down the street or even finding something to eat for breakfast. I have medical care whenever and whereever I chose. I shower in clean water every day and put on clean clothes every morning.

These simple facets of life are gone when you land in Haiti. You quickly realize that life is possible without them, but the comforts that they provide make life that much more secure.

As a physician, I traveled to Haiti three times in the last year and a half and each time brought several friends and colleagues down to help, learn and serve. The personal struggles that we carried were left at the airport as we saw what others were experiencing. Just to meet, serve and participate in the health care of the Haitian people was incredible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing care to people that would have otherwise not had any medical care. This was as simple as giving Tylenol to a child with a fever, all the way to providing minor surgery on an adolescent with an abscess on his head.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

force every health care provider to spend at least one week in Haiti as part of their ongoing certification. For a health care provider to not have the ability to share their medical gifts with such a deserving popluation is a shame. We should all be able to help out- if even for a short time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Able to help people who rally need basic heathcare and everything I spent went directly into helping them

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Haiti, numerous times

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get grant monies to help them grow

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have participated in multiple clinics. They are well run and accomplish a lot. We cared for many hundreds of very poor, very sick patients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

multiple clinics in Cite Soleil

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its reach to include public health measures, such as clean water, sewer, vaccination programs, preventive care, etc

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