J/P HRO’s Medical Program started with 30 international volunteers providing emergency medical care in the streets of Portau- Prince. Today, two clinics—J/P 1 and J/P 2—continue to serve 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 out of two clinics, both of them located in residential areas adjacent to the two J/P HRO-managed camps. 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 campaign on hand washing, vaccination campaign for all children and nutrition education for mother 15-49 years of age and young children.
J/P HRO’s Haitian medical staff includes 14 doctors, 32 nurses, 4 midwives, 3 emergency medical 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 team is fully prepared to treat walk-in cases and the clinics offer general practice medicine, X-ray, ultrasound, HIV/AIDS and syphilis testing, counseling and referral for follow-up treatment. J/P also runs clinics to specifically address the chronic diseases that are common in Haiti, such as hypertension and diabetes. Patients with complex cases that cannot be treated on-site are referred and transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital in Port"au"Prince that offers specialized care, trauma, secondary and tertiary medical care. Both clinics also house a full-service pharmacy, which is free-of-charge to patients.
The Medical Program oversees a comprehensive woman’s health clinic, offering family planning, hygiene and pre"natal care education and gynecologic examination. J/P HRO also has a maternity care unit that has delivered approximately 1,657 healthy babies with a zero infant mortality rate over the past two years.
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.
•J/P HRO’s medical staff see and treat 2,000 patients every week through the following programs:
o 24/7 emergency services
o Maternity care
o Women's care
o General practice
o Chronic disease management
o HIV/AIDS and syphilis testing, counseling and referral for treatment
•373,086 patients have been treated as of April 2013.
• Since January 2013 to April 2013, 27,271 patients have been treated.
• Medical staff has vaccinated more than 10,317 children as of April 2013 against life-threatening
diseases: polio, measles, rubella, diphtheria and pertussis.
• From January 2013 to April 2013 about 2,217 children have been vaccinated.
• 1,657 healthy babies delivered with 0 percent maternal mortality rate as of April 2013.
• 49,319 female patients have visited the full-service at the Women’s Clinic as at April 2013.
• HIV/AIDS and syphilis testing for 9,606 patients as of April 2013.
J/P HRO’s mission to “Help Haiti Home” requires a great deal of effort and coordination to ensure that each step of the process is managed efficiently and sustainably. We are working to help communities rebuild and return to strong neighborhoods complete with public services and personal support. Together our programs provide comprehensive assistance throughout the process from camp life to independent living back home.