Matching Campaign Supplies Building Materials for Health Clinic in Northern Haiti

EMAS Canada is bringing access to healthcare to villagers in Gambade, a rural community in Haiti.


For the 20,000 villagers in the mountainous region of Grande-Rivière du Nord in northern Haiti, adequate healthcare is difficult to access. Taking into account the treacherous mountain terrain surrounding Gambade, traveling to the nearest hospital 10 kilometers away can be terribly difficult, especially for vulnerable individuals including pregnant women, the elderly, and sick children.

The roads in this area of Haiti also become impassable during the rainy season, making travel to the largest hospital in Cap-Haïtien, 37 kilometers away, nearly impossible.
 
Since 2011, EMAS Canada has been working on satisfying this need for access to healthcare in Gambade. Over $170,000 has been raised since the inception of the Gambade Medical Clinic Project, and that money has allowed for a site to be prepared for construction, the completion of a perimeter wall, the installation of an entrance gate, the building of a shed and latrine on the property, and the installation of a well on the property. 
 
In 2016, doTERRA Wellness Advocate Appoline Romulus and leader Allison Cochran reached out to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ about a matching campaign to help fund the construction costs for what will become the main clinic building. 
 
The clinic will eventually include a laboratory where trained technicians will be able to perform basic tests to provide accurate diagnoses, a small rural pharmacy, a sterile maternity room for uncomplicated deliveries, two examination rooms, and an education family planning room for the men, women, and teens of these communities. 
 
In January and February of 2017, a group of volunteers worked alongside over 40 local Haitian laborers and tradespeople to begin construction on the clinic’s main building. The successful matching campaign with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation allowed for Appoline and EMAS Canada to purchase lumber, cement blocks, nails, rebar, rod ties, cement, metal for the roof, and plumbing materials for the clinic building project.  
 
EMAS Canada has established a “community and Canadians” commitment for this project, which is a mutual commitment ensuring that the Haitian community contributes what they can, with EMAS Canada only filling in the gaps where needed. Because of this commitment to sustainability, the project is taking slightly more time to complete than other, more traditional NGO-relief operations. 
 
When it is fully functional, however, the clinic will reduce infant mortality rate, reduce maternal mortality rates, protect children from preventable diseases, prevent child malnourishment, provide access to pharmaceuticals, and improve overall general population health for the community of Gambade. The clinic will eventually provide healthcare to approximately 10,000 people every year.
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