For St. Joseph Clinic to be a sustainable
Haitian institution, it is critical that the Clinic become an integral part of the healthcare infrastructure of the Central
Plateau. One strategy that will strengthen its role in that infrastructure is to partner with other organizations working
in healthcare to work toward an economy of scale, to share resources, and to benefit from each other’s best practices.
St. Joseph Clinic is
beginning to benefit from partnering with other healthcare providers in the region, as evidenced by these two examples.
St. Joseph’s Clinic recently served
as a clinical field site for trainees in the Midwives For Haiti (MFH) midwifery program. While a nonprofit organization operating
within St. Therese Hospital in Hinche, MFH has partnerships for clinical training with clinics throughout the Central Plateau.
At clinical sites, midwives-in-training gain further experience assisting with births in uniquely underserved areas, like
Thomassique. For the months of July and August, the Clinic received two students and a MFH preceptor on a bi-weekly basis.
During their stay, the midwives-in-training observed and assisted with births in the Clinic’s maternity ward under the
guidance of Clinic midwives and the MFH preceptor. The teams of midwives-in-training were a welcome addition to the Clinic
and we congratulate them on their graduation in late September. This partnership with MFH served as an additional source of
income for the Clinic. We were able to funnel the funds received back into the MIC program to support our midwives and Matwon
program. We hope to continue to serve as a clinical training site in the years to come, not only for MFH students but also
for health professionals in training at other postsecondary institutions.
We are constantly working with MSPP (the Ministry of Health) to integrate our Maternity and Infant Care Program into
their systems and talk with many of their personnel that oversee maternity programming and Medika Mamba throughout the Central
Plateau. For example, the Clinic continues to file monthly reports about acute severely malnourished children in its Medika
Mamba program, contributing to MSPP efforts to track epidemiological trends in the region. At the same time, MSPP supplies
the Clinic with sufficient quantity of Medika Mamba that allows us to be able to provide this program free of charge to the
the Clinic searches for new ways to maintain and further its programs, the Clinic leadership gratefully acknowledges that
none of its work would be possible without the generous support provided by all the Medical Missionaries donors. Your
donations and care have positively contributed to the lives of over 100,000 people and continue to alter the quality of life
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