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MEDICAL/DENTAL CLINIC

Construction on CCHMP’s main project, the medical/dental clinic, began on the very first trip in 2001 when footings were dug in the hard Haitian soil. 

The 3000-square foot structure is made of handmade concrete blocks, some of which were made on-site by local craftsmen.  The clinic features 13 rooms, plus two large open porch areas that are used as waiting rooms with protection from the hot tropical sun.

A cement block security wall surrounds the entire compound, protecting the group’s investment.

Currently, the clinic employs seven full-time employees.  The doctor’s salary is paid by the St. Paul Haiti Mission Project (SPHMP), CCHMP's sister group based at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dedham, MA. The nurse, pharmacy assistant, and the record keepers’ salaries are paid for by HOPEH.  The nurse’s assistant’s salary is paid for by CCHMP.  Haitians pay a small fee to obtain medical or dental care. These fees cover the housekeeper and gatekeeper’s salaries.

            The clinic is in the process of being licensed by the Haitian Ministry of Health. Over-the-counter medications are provided by CCHMP and SPHMP. The clinic’s pharmaceutical medications are obtained from the International Dispensary Association in the Netherlands with the assistance of the Zanmi Lasante organization in Haiti. The Zanmi Lasante was established by Harvard professor Dr. Paul Farmer, who began his work in Haiti in 1982.

            American medical and dental professionals have traveled with CCHMP teams and provided services at the clinic.  These services have included:

Immunizations for Hepatitis B and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae B)
Well-baby check-ups
Dental cleaning, tooth sealants and fluoride varnishing

 If you’re a health professional interested in being a part of a future CCHMP team, please email Bill Timm.

 CCHMP has purchased several major pieces of equipment for the clinic:

Portable dental unit ($5000.00)
Portable dental examination chair ($700.00)
Autoclave ($1800.00)
Curing light  for sealants and fillings ($700.00)
Surgical light  ($1000.00)

SCHOOL SUPPORT

            CCHMP has provided support to two schools – Loperon and Paredon. These villages are approximately 4-5 miles from Juampas, and each school has approximately 150 students.  During CCHMP trips, school supplies have been delivered to these two “one-room” schools that double as churches.  During the February 2008 trip, CCHMP measured the depth of a well in Loperon.  Villagers were using a bucket and rope to obtain their water from the well; in June 2008 CCHMP provided a hand pump to make it easier for them to obtain water.  Click here to see photos from the June 2008 trip, including installation of the pump. CCHMP has also started a dental fluoride rinse every other week for Loperon students.

SOLAR POWER

            Eventually the clinic will be operated completely by solar power.  CCHMP has purchased 64 solar panels for installation on the roof of the clinic.  The panels will supply all of the clinic’s electric power.  A gasoline generator will be used as a back-up power source.  CCHMP also purchased a vaccine refrigerator; several solar panels have already been installed to operate it.

MOSQUITO NETTING

            Malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes, kills more than 1 million people a year.  SPHMP has provided mosquito netting in the homes of some of the area’s pregnant women.

WATER PURIFICATION

            In developing countries, four-fifths of all the illnesses are caused by water-borne diseases, with diarrhea being the leading cause of childhood death, many medical sources say.  CCHMP has partnered with the organization called "Clean Water for Haiti" which works to provide sustainable solutions to the water crisis in Haiti.

           CCHMP has named its water project "Safe Water of Juampas" or "SWOJ" for short.

            Through Biosand filter projects CWH is able to provide a simple, effective, and affordable solution to the lack of clean water sources for Haitian families. The household slow sand Biosand filter is a simple design that uses basic readily available materials, allows for easy production, and they are easy to transport. There are no moving parts, they do not require electricity and can be used by even the youngest members of the family. With minimal maintenance a Biosand filter can work effectively for over 20 years and can be manufactured, delivered and installed for about $40 US.  Click here for more information on this project.

PLUMPY'NUT

             Plumpy'nut, also known as Plumpy, is a peanut-based food for use in famine relief which was formulated in 1999. Plumpy’nut is made of peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered sugar, and enriched with vitamins and minerals; it's said to taste like a peanut butter paste.  CCHMP has started distribution of Plumpy’nut to undernourished Haitian children.  Click here for more information on Plumpy'nut.

BIBLES

            CCHMP has delivered copies of Creole language Bibles to the people of Haiti to spread the Word of God.  

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