This project will build an essential health-care clinic in Bande du Nord, an economically poor communal section of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. A ULS clinic is currently operating in leased space, but it is not well-suited for the provision of care, and the lease expires in December 2018. The clinic is the first and only fixed center for primary health care for this population of about 25,000 people. Many of its patients live on the rural mountainsides and lack road access.
ULS's ability to serve the residents is tenuous as long as it relies on leased space. Konbit Sante offered to help build a permanent health center if ULS could secure ownership of an appropriate piece of land, which it has done. We have raised half of the $200,000 total cost for a new center, which has been used to begin construction. We need $50,000 to obtain a matching grant, giving us the funds needed to complete construction and ready the clinic for patients.
An established clinic will ensure that health-care needs in this economically disadvantaged section of Cap-Haitien will be served. It will provide space for staff who have demonstrated that positively impacting the health status of the people in their community depends on more than just good medicine, and as a result have developed programs and services that support good nutrition, economic well-being, and education. The clinic will provide these necessary programs.
The ULS clinic provides general consultation, medicine, simple lab tests, immunizations, ready-to-use therapeutic foods for the treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition, and family planning and other services. ULS offers services whether patients can pay or not, and serves an estimated 400 clients per month. More patients could be reached in a new facility, and clinic staff would have more space for lab work, storage of essential medicine, and patient care.