In Haiti there are 3 physicians for every 10,000 people. In a population of over 9 million there are only 49 hospitals. There are 217 Health centers and 371 dispensaries. The population is left to take care of their sick using their own creative and primitive means. They rely on herbs and their spiritual healers to take care of their ailments. As a result the life expectancy is 59 years and 8 children between the ages of 1 and 5 years die out of every 1000 live births. In various regions the sick are transported many miles before reaching the nearest hospital.
TDJ believes that an efficient healthcare system is vital to the development of Haiti. It is our goal to build, staff and furnish one clinic per community and one hospital per region of 10,000 inhabitants. We also intend on equipping these hospitals with ambulances.
There are more Haitian physicians outside of Haiti then there are in the country. We certainly cannot blame Haitian doctors for desiring the comfort that comes with their position. Since that is not easily attained in Haiti, they seek greener pastures for themselves and their families. To staff our healthcare facilities we would make sure that we pay adequate salaries to our healthcare professionals. We intend on building and staffing hospitals in communities that need them. We will also repair clinics and hospitals as needed. We will institute a rotation program for hospital staff including optometrists, dentists, podiatrists and other specialists from various countries to serve the population. We will also solicit donations from major pharmaceutical companies to stock the hospital’s pharmacy allowing us to supply prescription medication at no cost to the patients.
We also intend on providing scholarships for students to pursue careers in the healthcare professions provided that they will return back to their community and work there for 10 years.
We are currently partnering with two hospitals in Haiti one in Carrefoure and the other in Cabaret. The hospital in Carrefoure was staffed by Doctors without Borders. Unfortunately the doctors had to leave due to red tape. We are now seeking medical staff such as doctors, nurses, and technicians to volunteer some time to serve at this hospital on a rotation basis. We are also in need of medical supply.
The situation in Cabaret is desperate. The existing hospital is in great disrepair and there is only one doctor on staff to serve a population of a proximately 70,000 people. The estimated cost to repair the hospital in Cabaret is upwards of $91,000. We are also looking for medical staff and supplies for this hospital.
If you are able to assist us in this project, please contact us as soon as possible. We would greatly appreciate any help you can offer.