MADELEINE, CAP HAITIEN
Madeleine is a city neighborhood of Cap Haïtien. Home of HUFH’s main office, the Madeleine site hosts our clinical programs for people in the community as well as those who live in neighboring impoverished communities and neighborhoods, including those from Petit-Anse, which has little if any regular health care and where we just completed building a new water well.
LIMONADE, BOIS DE LANCE & JEDE
Bois de Lance is a small rural farming village located about 3 miles outside of the city of Limonade, a city of 380,000 people and home to the new University of the Nord, and is considered part of greater Limonade. Located about 15 miles from Cap Haitien, the population of Bois de Lance is estimated to be between 22,000 and 25,000, and is almost entirely economically dependent upon cultivation. HUFH helps to provide medical expertise to an already established clinic run by Open Door, a faith-based organization that operates a school, a clinic, and a home for orphaned or displaced children in BDL. HUFH is also currently launching a malnutrition program site in Jede, another village in the greater Limonade area.
Dondon, an idyllic town encircled by huge mountains, is the site of our most remote programs, serving a population of about 25,000. Although located not too far from Grande Riviere du Nord, Milot and Saint-Raphael, Dondon is difficult to reach because of the mountainous terrain and the poor roads, which are rudimentary and sometimes impassable depending on the rains. Dondon is at the heart of Haiti National Historic Parc which includes the Citadel, the San Souci palace and Ramiers, a UNESCO world heritage since 1982. Although Dondon has a functioning medical clinic, the level of acuity is high. None of the doctors or nurses are paid, and the nurses buy the medications themselves for their pharmacy. Dondon is home to a HUFH hypertension program and a malnutrition program, and a frequent location for in-country outreach.
Robillard, a rural village surrounded by mountains located less than 10 miles from Cap Haitien, is a community of about 16,000 people. It has no permanent healthcare clinic; the population either foregoes medical care or waits for in-country or visiting medical teams to set up outreach clinics, which frequently see more than 500 patients during a visit. HUFH established its second Hypertension Screen and Treat site in Robillard in 2017; we recently established a malnutrition site there, launched a prenatal program, built a water well for the community, and have trained two Travayè Sante Kominotè (“TSK”) (community health care worker in Haitien Kreyol) to work with our nurses to address barriers to care and improve the success and compliance or patients in our programs.