Work of Medical Missionaries in 2016
had a busy year in 2016 in its efforts to serve the poor both in the USA and worldwide.
In the USA, Medical Missionaries provided Disaster Relief Assistance for victims of floods in West Virginia,
Louisiana, and North Carolina. Read more about disaster relief in 2016. We also worked with other groups to send many sea containers of medical and household supplies to the needy throughout the
world. Since our founding 20 years ago, we have shipped over 165 sea containers of supplies to those in need worldwide, and
have provided disaster relief in the USA for victims of hurricanes, floods, and tornados. Our volunteers have also made over
300 trips to deliver supplies to Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Appalachia, and American Indian reservations in Oklahoma
and South Dakota.
Our work in Haiti continues, with our focus on continuing support of St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique
which we opened in 2007. The Clinic is the only medical facility serving more than 125,000 people in Haiti’s Central
Plateau, and its services continue to see significant growth.
In 2016 alone, more than 10,000 patients were seen
at the Clinic for medical consultations, with another 3,396 receiving medical care at the mobile clinics conducted in Thomassique’s
In the Maternity and Infant Care Program, over 300 babies were delivered at the clinic in 2016. The program
is currently staffed by 3 full-time midwives and a nurse skilled in midwifery who provide prenatal consultations, assist with
births, and conduct education sessions on postpartum and newborn health.
During the year, Matwons (Traditional
Birth Attendants) trained by the Clinic assisted with more than 1,500 home deliveries in Thomassique’s remote outlying
villages. Read more about the growing role of Matwons at the Clinic.
In our Vaccination Program, St. Joseph Clinic continued to serve as a coordinating site for
the Ministère de la SantèPublique et de la Population (MSPP, the Haitian Ministry of Health) vaccination program.
Each month hundreds of mothers receive vaccinations at the Clinic, plus Community Health Workers provide vaccinations in the
outlying villages of Thomassique. Read more about vaccinations for mother and child.
Be sure to follow Medical Missionaries on Facebook to hear more about these and our other programs, including our Water Purification Program, School Lunch Program, Malnutrition
Program, and Bon Sel (Good Salt) Program.