Healthcare & nutrition

Hope for Haiti works to improve the overall health of our partner communities with the patient at the center of this process in a three-pronged strategy:


Haiti only has 25 physicians and 11 nurses per 100,000 population. Hope for Haiti’s Haitian medical professionals are dedicated to provided quality care to those who need it most.

Prevention & outreach through healthcare & nutrition

Distributing medications and supplies to rural partner facilities throughout the South and providing school-based public health outreach to students and their communities. Haitian medical professionals receive advanced medical training from international specialists to provide greater quality of service and educational resources to their local community.

Treatment & Follow-up Care

Provided at our Infirmary, patients receive low-cost, quality primary, laboratory, dental, surgical, and wound care.

Make an impact – Every dollar counts!

$1 – provide five meals in an emergency
$5 – fund two midwives’ work for a month performing rural home births
$25 – provide an inhaler for 24 asthma patients
$100 – provide a patient suffering from heart problems with a detailed echocardiogram

Chronic Care at the Infirmary St. Etienne

At Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary St. Etienne, our Haitian staff cares for women, men and children on a daily basis that are suffering from problems like diabetes, hypertension, anemia, malnutrition, diarrhea, and other chronic illnesses. Often minor health issues like a common cold escalate as Haitians are not receiving the daily nutrition needed to ever get truly healthy. Since the Hope for Haiti Infirmary St. Etienne treats the poorest of the poor at a reduced rate or for free (based on their ability to pay), we are providing the community with an important resource to address their pressing medical needs before they become life-threatening.

To extend our outreach into rural areas, we began offering mobile clinics in our partner communities. The mobile clinics include one or two doctors, four to six nurses and the community’s Community Health Workers. We load a car and mobile “pharmacy” with medications and medical supplies and work to see as many community members as possible. Bringing healthcare to the communities was a need that occurred in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Now, an efficient and easy way to provide access to healthcare to those living in our partner communities, mobile clinics are an important part of our community health programs (along with public health, nutrition, and WASH). Mobile clinics are efficient because they run as an extension of our Infirmary and the same processes that happen at the Infirmary happen in the communities. These clinics enable us to proactively identify and treat health problems before they become major or chronic issues.

Currently, our Infirmary St. Etienne staff treat approximately 75 diabetic patients per month, which includes repeat and new patients (about five per month). Served by our medical team of five doctors, eleven nurses, two lab technicians and administrative staff, diabetic patients are treated daily at our Infirmary. The Infirmary is heavily subsidized to ensure access for the most vulnerable patients and most pay a below-market rate consultation fee of $1.50 depending on the exchange rate. In addition to the reduced consultation fee, all patients at our Infirmary receive in-stock medications for free. One out of ten wound care patients (approximately 100 wound care patients seen per month) treated are diabetic.

As part of the educational component of the program, all diabetic patients are encouraged to attend our weekly Diabetes Club where patients have the opportunity to reinforce the information shared during their consultations, learn tips and strategies to living a healthy life, ask questions, and connect with each other. This program was designed by our Infirmary Director and is run by our doctors, nurses, and Community Health Workers who are all passionate about educating our patients so they can lead healthy, productive lives. Educational topics covered in club meetings include the types of diabetes (i.e., Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes), the rationale behind common treatments, symptoms and warning signs of poor glucose control that merit medical attention, and the prevention and treatment of chronic diabetic wounds. The club also celebrates World Diabetes Day in solidarity with the international community.

Meet Alisna

Alisna Menard is at least 100 years old! She used to be homeless and lived on the street, but she was referred to our partner, the Foyer St. Etienne, two years ago. She is often heard saying, “M’ap priye pou ou.” – “I will pray for you.” In partnership with The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Hope for Haiti has long supported the Foyer St. Etienne, a home which cares for elderly, and often abandoned, residents in Les Cayes. As caregiver Fr. Fred Charpentiers says, “For our residents who have left behind the slums, back porches, and a life of begging, this place is indeed a taste of heaven, and finally a real home.”

“Investing in Healthcare is one
of the greatest gifts one can make
to increase the quality of life for an
individual. Our family has seen Hope
for Haiti’s work on the ground firsthand
and the growth of the organization. It is
the staff and their dedication to providing
quality service to those who need
it most, which makes the programs so

–Jay and Mary Sandak