Date: February 5-14, 2021
Partner: Global Health Teams
Estimated Economy Airfare: $500- $800
About Global Health Teams: Global Health Teams is a U.S. based non-profit which has been in existence since 1985. GHT volunteers have worked providing disaster response in the U.S. and around the world. GHT has worked in rural southwestern Haiti since 1998 providing primary care at various rural locations in addition to medical, nursing and clinical laboratory education. Please visit the History page of the GHT website for more information.
About the country: Haiti is the poorest country in the western Hemisphere. Approximately 40% of the population relies on subsistence farming to support their daily needs. The Haitian people are amazingly strong, resourceful and resilient as they deal with hardship and adversity on a daily basis. The Leon clinic serves a remote region in the mountains of the Grand’Anse province in the southwestern area of the country.
About the clinic site: Local nurses, a pharmacist, a TB control agent and support personnel staff The Leon clinic year-round. It is located approximately 45 minutes by truck from the nearest city with one hospital, Jérémie. Global Health Teams supports the clinic infrastructure and sends larger teams at regular times throughout the year to provide additional medical services and chronic disease management.
About the Mission: Leon, in the mountains of rural southwestern Haiti, is a town located next to the Voldrogue River. Leon is home to numerous schools, churches and orphanages. It also has a marketplace that supports the town and the surrounding communities. Leon’s clinic provides medical care to an area of approximately 30,000 people. The people in this area have extremely limited access to quality services due to the great distance to travel to reach the one hospital in the region.
Working in the region since 1998, Global Health Teams supports the Leon clinic to provide quality primary care and health education. Global Health Teams configures the teams, so they are a mix of new and returning volunteers as well as a having range of medical specialties. Volunteers working at the medical clinic will work with local staff and interpreters providing primary and emergency medical care to adults and children. Laboratory, ultrasound, pharmacy and referral services are available on-site to improve the quality of care the clinic provides.
While in transit to the rural Leon location, volunteers stay in hotels. While working in Leon, volunteers stay as a team at the local parish house approximately ¼ mile down the road from the clinic.