COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH
We believe that the greatest need of all mankind is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To that end the Gospel remains central and foremost in all of Mission: Haiti's endeavors.
While short-term medical mission trips are helpful at treating illness and even saving lives, the teams leave and people are left behind to fend for themselves.
The Community Health Outreach, held in different communities 3 times a year is designed to not only treat those who are ill but to teach families and communities how to take better care of themselves. At each location the team visits there are special workshops. One for expectant mothers, taught by a nurse and certified midwife, prepares them for healthier childbirth and after-care for the mother. One for nursing mothers discusses infant care nutrition and does well-baby checks. A third teaches nutrition to families talking about healthy food choices, the importance of clean water, basic hygiene, and how to avoid cholera.
Often, the team discovers chronic illness and conditions that can be treated in Haiti with a little financial assistance. Those are refered to local doctors or hospitals that can follow up with patients to assure the best possible patient outcome.
The Community Health Outreach is also the best opportunity to get to know each community, understand their needs and find at risk children and families that may be helped by other programs we offer, such as micro-grants for business, goat herd co-operatives or chicken flocks or educational assistance or skill training.
Dr. Nancy Swisher leads the medical team of 2-5 volunteer medical professionals from the U.S., 2-4 Haitian medical team members and 3-4 non-medical volunteers. Each team serves for a week in 2-4 locations in Haiti that do not easily receive medical care.
If you are interested in traveling with this powerful ministry, please contact us.
During the pregnancy/delivery workshops, a layette is handed out to each mother. (All of these items are donated.)
4 cloth diapers
1 pair of socks
1 baby hat
Clean Birth Kits
During the pregnancy/delivery workshops, each women is given a clean birth kit which consists of instructions, 1 bar of soap, 1 razor blade, string, 2 sterile alcohol pads, 1 ultra absorbent pad, 2 pairs of medical grade rubber gloves, and 2 diaper pins. (All of these items are donated with the exception of the soap. We purchase the soap from locally in Haiti so as to help stimulate the economy.)
Food for a family of 4 for a week
With available donated funds bagged food, purchased locally, is handed out to families in need. Rice, oil, spaghetti, canned fish, canned milk, seasonings and soap is often handed out to families in need. 130 bags represent 7,000+ meals for less than 30 cents per meal.
General support for MISSION: HAITI assures that we can effectively monitor projects, coordinate teams, train Haitian workers and report to you, our supporters.
COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH ITEMS
Items for layettes
Items for Clean Birth kits
Funds for medicines and children's vitamins
Funds to assist in cases of immediate hospital needs
Pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners