Partnering with Thiotte

to Improve Health

Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, Inc.

Our History and Building Local Capacity

 

Our commitment to improving the health of the people of Thiotte, in southeast Haiti, began in 1997.  Since then, HMMW has made about 65 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 32,000 people.  In 2001, HMMW built and furnished a medical clinic, Centre de Santé Sacré-Cœur de Thiotte (CSST), 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 Centre de Santé Sacré-Cœur de Thiotte (CSST).  With support from HMMW, the clinic and hospital together currently employ a staff of approximately 18 Haitians, including: a family practice physician, nurses, community healthcare workers, a lab and eye technician, clinic administrator and support assistants.


Over the years, HMMW volunteers have provided care to 23,423 patients.  Included among the thousands of hours of specialized medical care our medical mission volunteers have provided:


  •  897 General Surgeries, including hernias, hydroceles, breast tumors, lipomas, minor growths and caesarean sections

  •   336 Eye Surgeries, including glaucoma, pterygium and cataract surgeries

  • 3,977 Vision Screenings combined with lens distribution, if required

For 18 years, HMMW has stimulated the Haitian, and specifically Thiotte's economy, with $630,000 dollars of direct financial assistance targeted to positively impact the determinants of health and build local capacity to provide health care.






Current Efforts


During 2015 and 2016 HMMW will make 8 medical mission trips to Thiotte.  Each year we will provide care through one vision screening, lens distribution and eye surgery mission team, one dental team and two general surgery and medical teams.  HMMW also contributes significant funds toward Centre de Santé Sacré-Cœur de Thiotte (CSST) lead medical staff salaries and works to facilitate relationships that contribute to CSST improving and expanding medical care for people living in and around Thiotte, in Haiti's South East Department.  


Our volunteer medical mission teams compliment the fine care provided in our absence by Dr. Jean Judeson and the CSST staff.  Our eye health team, partners with Dr. Reynold Monsanto, Dr. Franz Large, and the Haitian Society of Ophthalmology to provide sight saving care.




 


 Haitian Driven 
and 
Collaborative Partnerships

HMMW continually strives to be more Haitian driven and to take actions which help build local capacity and stimulate the Haitian economy; thereby, advancing local resiliency and sustainability.  Toward that goal, we purchase in Haiti most of the medications and many of the supplies for our medical mission work.  Anything that we require, which can be purchased locally, is acquired from within Haiti. 

HMMW is continually working to better identify, access and collaborate with our Haitian partners to more effectively assess, meet and anticipate the health care needs of the people of Thiotte and the surrounding area.  We strive to hold annual, in-person meetings with our Haitian partners, including the Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population - MSPP), to discuss specific opportunities for collaboration and means for integrating Haitian identified goals into our organizational work plans and budget.