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Bill Hoyt

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Review for Global Health Action, Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer, donor and board member. I have traveled 2 times in past 2 years with this group to Haiti. Once with just Robin Davis, director. The second trip in September with 5 others was truly outstanding and rewarding. We met with the staff, went out in field to witness firsthand their commitment and dedication to those they were helping. They have an all Haitian staff. We went to observe at a clinic 2.5 hours from Port a Prince monthly meeting health care workers and mom's and their children. They were there to get shots and or inoculations and to be educated on what else was needed to keep their children healthy. 30-40 mothers and children were there. Even though i spoke no French or Creole we were able to interact with the folks in a positive and fun way. It went on for 4-5 hours.

Another day in another town or village we observed a meeting of birth attendants who walked from as far as 8 hours away to get new supplies, get update or review on their skills. 45-60 birth attendants came. It blew me away how proud they were of who they were , their dedication to providing quality healthcare in their village and what a difference they were making in peoples lives there.

A third day we were in Darbonne to observe training of farmers who wanted to supplement their income by obtaining a pregnant goat from Global Health Action. They were trained for 2 days how to care and raise goats. 15 came from many hours away for the goats.

The staff in all cases does follow ups with all of the farmers to be sure they are caring for goats.

In the other programs they also follow up medical attendants and birth attendants to be sure they continue to educate or reinforce what they have learned. Folks with serious health issues to larger cities to get treatment.

They are very good stewards of monies that are given to them. They have checks and balances that protects against theft or graft or waste. They have been in the business of helping people for 40 years in Haiti with a specific interest in health and education and training of locals. They are involved in China., India as well.

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Find new ways to raise funds and to educate others about this wonderful organization.

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Review for Good Samaritan Health Center, Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great medical and dental clinic that offers preventive care to to those in need of care with modest extra funds for this care. It charges for its services on a sliding scale of ability to pay. Everyone has to pay something even if only $5. Good Samaritan moved back two years ago to its roots of being in a local neighborhood in inner city. it recently completed a teaching kitchen. This kitchen is run by a dietician who will show folks how to plan and cook a healthy and tasty meal with a small budget. The clinic offers services for men, women and children. It also has various clinics on Ssaturdays throughout year by getting say dental practices to volunteer to do anything needed such as root canasl to filings and crowns. On some Saturdays eye clinics are offered. Everyone in need of glasses or contacts can come. Those needing to get checked for glacoma as well or any other eye related issues. Anything that can't be done at clinic can be referred elsewhere. It is a very good steward of its monies received from donors. Last of all i learned this year that it provides helps folks with missing limbs to secure prostitus at a reasnable cost. It is one of few clinics to offer this service. You can go to the website to read about story of a teacher from Africa who lost her leg in a bus accident 25-30 years ago. She had one but it was time to replace it. We were ble to design one for her needs. It was heart wrenching to hear what it meant to her to be able to get around and have a normal life and be independent. By William Hoyt.

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Role:  Board Member