Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans

by Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic
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Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans
Bring Life Saving Healthcare to 1000+ Dominicans

Greetings PRHDR Community!  Sending warm wishes for a happy new year!

Here at PRHDR, we're feeling energized as we enter the new year. Although we continue operating under pandemic conditions, providing optimal care to our patients in rural Santiago and Puerto Plata provinces remains our primary mission. 

Due to ongoing, strict regualtions in the Dominican Republic and travel restrictions amongst our partner universities in the United States, PRHDR remains unable to send its usual team of providers, students, and volunteers for our annual trips. 

To ensure care is still received, we mobilized a small, local medical and support team on the ground to deliver care. Our focus was mainly on serving individuals with chronic conditions, ensuring a 6-month supply of medications. We also worked with local pharmacies to supply patients with those medications. In total, we were able to serve about 300 individuals in 16 communities!

Not knowing what a post-pandemic society may look like, or when it may occur, we will continue our mission by providing bi-annual support to our patients on the ground through local assistance until the pandemic begins to subside. 

We remain incredibly thankful for your support thus far and humbly ask you to continue contributing to our project as we hopefully begin transitioning out of COVID regulations. Our project continues to supply necessary chronic disease medications and equipment and we hope to be seeing our patients face-to-face again soon! We are so thankful to have our local, international, and GlobalGiving community with us!

Abrazos (hugs),

The PRHDR Team 

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Greetings PRHDR Community! 

As we wind down from a busy summer and enter the fall months, PRHDR continues operating under pandemic conditions, providing optimal care to our patients in rural Santiago and Puerto Plata provinces. 

Due to ongoing, strict regualtions in the Dominican Republic and travel restrictions amongst our partner universities in the United States, PRHDR was unable to send its usual team of providers, students, and volunteers for our annual trips. 

Our team on the ground has continued to provide tireless care to our patients throughout this past summer. All17 communities were vistsed, and about 40% of the total chronic patient population in the four most remote communities were assessed. Our resident doctor and community health workers were able to distribute necessary prescribed chronic medications, surgical masks, as well as glucometers and glucometer strips to patients as appropriate. 

Not knowing what a post-pandemic society may look like, or when it may occur, we will continue our mission by providing bi-annual support to our patients on the ground. As we move forward, we continue strategizing solutions for PRHDR moving into a post-pandemic society, and we invite you to do the same. In fact, we can't do it without you! We are so incredibly thankful for your support thus far and humbly ask you to continue contributing to our project as we hopefully begin transitioning out of COVID regulations. Our project continues to supply necessary chronic disease medications and equipment and we hope to be seeing our patients face-to-face again soon! We are so thankful to have our local, international, and GlobalGiving community with us!

Abrazos (hugs),

The PRHDR Team 

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The ladies at the clinic in La Cumbra.
The ladies at the clinic in La Cumbra.

Greetings PRHDR Community! 

As vaccines are distributed and warmer weather hits the Northern Hemisphere, COVID regulations may be beginning to relax in our communities. As relieving as a lot of these changes may feel, PRHDR continues to operate under pandemic conditions and provide care to our patients in rural Santiago and Puerto Plata provinces. 

Due to ongoing, strict regualtions in the Dominican Republic and travel restrictions amongst our partner universities in the United States, PRHDR was unable to send its usual team of providers, students, and volunteers for the annual winter trip. 

Our team on the ground has continued to provide tireless care to our patients throughout this past winter. We were able to see 332 patients in 17 communities. Our resident doctor and community health workers were able to distribute necessary prescribed chronic medications, surgical masks, as well as glucometers and glucometer strips to patients as appropriate. 

We continue to hope that we will be able to send more providers and students into the field as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are continuing to provide bi-annual support to our patients on the ground. We are so incredibly thankful for your support thus far and humbly ask you to continue contributing to our project as we hopefully begin to transition out of COVID regulations. Our project continues to supply necessary chronic disease medications and equipment and we hope to be seeing our patients face-to-face again soon! We are so thankful to have our local, international, and GlobalGiving community with us!

Abrazos (hugs),

The PRHDR Team 

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PRHDR staff traveling to see patients.
PRHDR staff traveling to see patients.

It's 2021!

A new year at PRHDR and as with the rest of the world, we are still facing the very real challenges that come with the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, we'd like to give our community a recap of PRHDR's end to 2020 and the exciting plans we look forward to in 2021. 

Rounding Out 2020

PRHDR ended the year with the continuation of treatment of patients in our 19 rural villages. It was announced by the universities we partner with that travel would continue to be restricted through the winter for all students, therefore requiring PRHDR to cancel its winter trip. However, due to our success over the summer of treating patients with our in field staff, PRHDR was prepared to continue delivering services throughout this time and training health promoters. 

At the end of 2020, the Dominican Republic faced 147,700 cases of COVID-19 at 975 cases a day as cited by the Dominican government as of December 6th. Fear, increasing unemployment, and a lack of accessible PPE have increased barriers to receiving appropriate healthcare in the DR during the Pandemic. PRHDR plans to continue its current model of sending in field staff to visit patients and ensure they receive their necessary medications. Further, PRHDR has had the ability to continue training local village leaders in becoming community health workers in order to care for their community members throughout this time. 

On December 6th, 2020, PRHDR was able to virtually host its first annual Alumni + Friends Reunion. There, 31 PRHDR board, staff, volunteer, student, and community members gathered to reflect on PRHDR's developments in 2020. Board members and on the ground staff were able to present on PRHDR's current work and the state of the DR at this time. We very much enjoyed catching up with many familiar faces that we have been unable to visit this year! PRHDR was able to raise $500 in funds from this event and hopes to continue this as year-end tradition, eventually in person! 

Looking Forward to 2021

As we continue with our remote model of serving patients in country, PRHDR will continue to be prioritizing continuity of care amongst patients during this time. It is our hope that come summer, we will be able to send down a team of volunteers, if not additionally students, to see patients. Further, PRHDR is looking to improve upon and refine its health promoter, or Promotoraprogram to expand community knowledge and resilience. 

PRHDR is still in the process of procuring property in the DR to set up permanent clinic space, but efforts have been slowed due to indirect effects of the Pandemic. We hope to see this process speed up in 2021. 

We will need to continue to raise money to treat patients during this winter season and prepare for a potential trip in the summer. We have been incredibly lucky to see PRHDR's community, both in Maine and the DR, stay supportive of our mission. We are looking to increase PRHDR's visibility and build partnerships in order to help fulfill our organization's mission of providing quality continuity of healthcare to those who lack access. Please feel free to reach out to us to get involved or show support! We are beyond fortunate to have a community like this! We will see you in spring! 

A sunny day in while visiting patients.
A sunny day in while visiting patients.

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Our local doctor visiting patients
Our local doctor visiting patients

What has work looked like for PRHDR recently? 

Over the past few months, PRHDR has had to make a lot of changes to adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic. After the United States and the Dominican Republic enacted safety regulations to prevent travel, we had to think quickly and creatively in order to ensure that our patients continued to receive quality healthcare. 

That's where you came in! Through the money raised over GlobalGiving and by becoming GlobalGiving nonprofit partners, we were able to support a team of volunteer providers to visit 162 patients in 13 of our communities. We want to thank you again for your support! 

PRHDR used all of the money raised to send one of our local doctors, interpreter, and a team of staff to deliver chronic condition medication to the patients in need, as well as take blood pressure and perform check-ups as needed. Our team also worked to provide patients with COVID-19 safety and prevention education, as well as face masks. 

A Word from a team member in the field: 

Casandra, one of our seasoned Haitian-Creole and Spanish interpreters, described her experience on the ground so far: 

"You all [PRHDR] are always trying to do what's possible to help those most in need and for the community. Tomorrow, we are going to visit a patient from the community to take her blood sugar, which she takes monthly. I will ask her how she is feeling, if she feels anything different, and if she is taking her medications. I am going to take care of people as well, because there are many older people in the community. I will disinfect myself and take care of them while wearing a mask." 

How will PRHDR continue to see patients? 

Currently, our team continues to visit patients in the remaining 5 villages while on the ground in the Dominican Republic. Although the University of Southern Maine has cancelled travel for all students during the upcoming winter, we are working with the administration to continue to engage nursing studetns in our work this upcoming season. We are hoping to be able to send a team of volunteer providers from Maine for our January trip, but will continue with our current model if unable. 

We will need to continue to raise money to treat patients in January and will be expanding our project in the upcoming weeks.We have been incredibly lucky to see PRHDR's community, both in Maine and the DR, stay supportive of our misison. We have even seen volunteers on post trips gather food and supplies for patients amid the pandemic. We are beyond fortunate to have a community like this! Stay tuned for whats to come! 

Taking blood pressure and checking in
Taking blood pressure and checking in

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Allison Conroe
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Allison Conroe
Portland, ME United States

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