J/P HRO’s Medical Program started with 30 international volunteers providing emergency medical care in the streets of Port-au-Prince. Today, two clinics—J/P 1 and J/P 2—continue to serve more than 8,000 patients every month with an entirely Haitian staff of medical professionals. They are saving lives daily among an under-served population, where healthcare is also often beyond financial reach for many, leading to greater risk of morbidity and mortality from treatable and preventable illnesses.
J/P HRO is the leading medical service provider for residents of Delmas 32, a densely populated neighborhood of approximately 90,000, alongside nearby communities in the Port-au-Prince area. The medical team works in residential areas adjacent to the two J/P HRO-managed displacement camps, Pétionville and Cité Maxo. These facilities offer access to free emergency treatment, primary healthcare for a nominal fee, and a breadth of seminars and clinics to promote better health, such as mass campaigns on hand washing, child vaccination campaigns, nutrition education for mothers and young children. The Medical Program also oversees a comprehensive woman’s health clinic, offering family planning services and gynecologic examinations, alongside hygiene and pre‐natal care education.
J/P HRO’s Haitian medical staff is nearly 100 strong and includes doctors, nurses, midwives, emergency medical and x-ray technicians and ancillary staff members. Together, the two clinics have an average of 2,000 patients visits per week for primary care and urgent conditions. The clinics offer general practice medicine, x-ray and ultrasound services, HIV/AIDS and syphilis testing, counseling and referral for follow-up treatment. J/P HRO operates specialized services to specifically address the chronic diseases that are common in Haiti, such as hypertension and diabetes. Patients with complications that cannot be treated on-site are referred and transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital in Port-au-Prince for specialized care. Both clinics also house a full-service pharmacy, which is free-of-charge to patients.
J/P HRO’s Medical Program is fully committed to ongoing medical education. Medical program managers work with medical volunteers and partner organizations to continue the professional development of the Haitian medical staff. The Medical Team also directs community health agents that provide public health training and advocate for and promote positive health behaviors throughout the camps and surrounding areas, as well as improving health knowledge at the household level.
- 24/7 emergency services
- Maternity care
- Women's care
- General practice
- Chronic disease management
- HIV/AIDS and syphilis testing, counseling and referral for treatment
- Eye care