The Importance Of Partnerships in Haiti

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.

Maternal Care Partnerships
MaternityPartnershipParticipant.jpgSt. 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.

MSPP Partnership
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 participants. 
While 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 in Thomassique.

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