St. Joseph Clinic
Our clinic in Haiti serves about 25,000 patients each
year, and helps bring more than 500 babies into this world each year, greatly increasing their chances for healthier lives.
We see the clinic helping save lives every day. As the only permanent health care facility for roughly 90,000 people who live in this region of Haiti's Central Plateau, our clinic makes a difference.
The 24 Haitian professionals and support staff who run the Clinic daily receive regular support from visiting
teams of doctors, nurses, and dentists from the U.S.
More about the Clinic
Photo Tour of the Clinic
Photo Tour of Thomassique, the rural area served by the clnic.
Read our Health Fellows Blog and follow their year of service at the clinic.
Water Purification in Thomassique
Our focus is on a home-based purification system called
Klorfasil (www.klorfasil.org), which is manufactured and produced in Haiti. It uses granualted chlorine to purify water
and it is affordable for all the people. With support from the Gerard Foundation, we have distributed granulated water purification
systems to 6,000 households in the region; our goal is to ultimately reach 15,000 households.
Overcoming Childhood Malnutrition
We are addressing the problem of severe malnutrition
of infants and school children through the following programs:
- Medika Mamba is a nutritional supplement from our partner, "Meds and Foods for Kids," that restores 90% of severely malnourished
infants to health over a two-month period.
- A School Lunch Program conducted in cooperation with our partner, "Feed My Starving
Children," supplies a hot lunch to 2,000 students every school day.
- Our Fortified Salt Program, offered in conjuntion with the University of Notre Dame
Haiti Program, distributes salt that is fortified with iron and diethylcarbamazine (DEC) to overcome lymphatic filariasis
and delayed brain development in children
Community Health Centers
Through the support of the Gerard Foundation,
community health centers have been established in 4 outlying villages of Thomassique to promote improved health in rural areas.
The Centers provide direct service for first aid and simple illness needs, promote the use of home-based water purification
systems, sell co-fortified salt to combat lymphatic filariasis and delayed brain development, and conduct hygiene and disease