Our commitment to improving the health of the people of Thiotte, in southeast Haiti, began in 1997. Since then, HMMW has made about 50 trips to Thiotte, made up of volunteer teams of 8-12 health care professionals and non-medical volunteers, to provide general and specialized medical care and surgery to the area's 25,000 people. In 2001, HMMW built and furnished a medical clinic in Thiotte and began treating patients there in 2002. HMMW's presence in Thiotte and our ability to facilitate relationships between the local Haitian people and other US and international organizations interested in providing assistance to Haiti, has resulted in the people of Thiotte receiving considerably more assistance than our organization could have provided alone. Now, Thiotte also possesses a hospital and continuous medical care is available through the clinic. With support from HMMW, the clinic and hospital together currently employ a staff of Haitian physicians, nurses, community healthcare workers, a lab and eye technicians, clinic administrator and support assistants.