family health clinic
Haiti Project’s Family Health Clinic provides health care to women and their families who are living in rural parts of Haiti. Founded in 1994, the clinic offers family planning services, general medical care and health and wellness education. The clinic receives over 8,000 visits annually, 1,600 of whom are routine patients.
Our clinic offers the choice and the means to control fertility to rural women that are often destined to bear as many as 12 children that they cannot feed. Our mobile clinics bring reproductive health and nutrition information to 22 additional villages with the aim of covering the whole territory of Fond des Blancs, population 40,000.
Apart from the central clinic we also operate two satellite clinics and travel to 22 remote locations to set up mobile clinics. The map shows the rural region we cover with a population of approximately 100,000 people. The mobile clinics are critical to reach those who can not access our central clinic whether it is because they cannot afford transportation fees or the distance is too far. Annually more than 30% of patient visits take place at over 100 mobile clinics
Annette Berette – Nurse Manager
Annette Berette is from the community of Cavillon. She attended École Nationale des Infirmières in the city of O’Cayes to get her nursing license before specializing in midwifery at École Nationale des Infirmières in Port au Prince. Prior to joining Haiti Projects in July 2013, Anette worked for Project Medishare in the Central Plateau. She became a nurse because she wanted to help sick people and share her knowledge about health. The most rewarding aspect about her job is when women come into the clinic experiencing side effects from their new family planning methods but she is able to explain what is happening therefore easing their concerns and allowing the women to continue with their planning.
Fernande Bernadel – Nurse Auxiliary
Fernand Bernadel started working at the clinic in 1997 at which time there wasn’t even a nurse. Previously, she had been an assistant in Fond des Blanc’s first dispensary (small clinic). Fernand has learned everything she knows on the job. She is now responsible for greeting the patients, taking their vital signs, making appointments, and going out on mobile clinics. Fernand is a big advocate for controlling family size and thinks it is essential for Haiti’s development.
Rozana Joseph – Nurse Auxiliary
Rozana Joseph is originally from Tiburon, which is described as the “end of the road” on the Southern peninsula. She went to Louis Pasteur Institute in Port au Prince to become a nurse auxiliary. Her favorite thing about her job is going out on mobile clinics even though the conditions are difficult. They might encounter a bumpy road, strong sun, pouring rain, and dust but she loves when they show up in a community and they find new patients waiting for them.
To support Haiti Projects and the Family Health Clinic, please visit SHOP MAISON D’HAITI or visit our DONATE PAGE. Your purchases and donations help to keep nearly 100 women of our community employed at Fair Trade wages, support our beekeeping and soccer programs, boost self-confidence and help women to become leaders of their community. The income these women bring in is critical as they are, in many cases, the sole caregivers for their children and a source of strength for their community.