WHAT CAN ONE HOSPITAL DO?
Currently during our medical and surgical trips, we are able to treat between 1,300 -1,500 patients annually. Without a permanent medical facility all of the supplies for these trips must be shipped to Haiti months in advance. This process requires concise and meticulous planning that usually begins immediately after the previous trip has finished. The lack of space limits the amount of items, ultimately limiting the number of patients treated.
In order to address this problem, IAM has taken on the goal of building a permanent medical facility in Ferrier, Haiti. This permanent facility will be able to safely house supplies and medications, while also giving us adequate space to both see and treat patients from around the greater Ferrier area. The hospital will also allow us to grow our work by giving IAM the ability to treat a larger array of medical issues.
Our vision is clear: to build a hospital in the rural area of Ferrier, Haiti. We envision a permanent facility with a surgical suite, hospital ward, dentistry equipment, vision testing, urgent care, obstetrics and gynecology. The hospital will employ full-time Haitian staff who will be providing continuing care and implementing the use of computer records with patient history. We envision not one or two yearly trips, but a constant cycle of medical staff treating those in need. This would ultimately mean that thousands of Haitians could receive medical care that is both trustworthy and affordable.
The land purchased for the hospital is approximately 20 acres in the Nord-Est Department of Haiti near the towns of Ferrier and Ft. Liberte. The land faces the mountains to the south and the ocean to the north with the Bay of Ft. Liberte on the horizon. The future building site has been clear cut and is ready to be fenced and planted with native fruit trees.