The average ratio of doctors to patients in rural Haiti is approximately 1:7000 and, in most situations health care is unaffordable to 80% of the people. 75% of the Haitian people make less than $2 per day, which can barely provide for food, clothing, and children’s tuition. Consequently, most families do not have the funds to provide health care for their families, even when one of them falls ill with an acute sickness. HTPB believes that every person should have the right to health care; to have their children immunized, to take them to a clinic when they are ill, and to receive treatment that is readily available for those who have the money

 Although only 45 minutes from the St. Marc Hospital, many residents of Jeandenis do not have transportation or the funds to access health care. Many in the Jeandenis have never seen a doctor, nor received medications for their health issues. HTPB holds a yearly medical clinic in both Gonaives and Jeandenis, providing free care and medications to those in need. To bring sustainability to our work, HTPB works with local health professionals to bring the best possible care to the sick.

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 Accompaniment in Health Care: The health care system in Haiti is complex, expensive and inaccessible to many. Unless the patient has someone who can walk them through the system and provide some direction and funds when needed, they may never get the care they need. HTPB helps those in need to obtain the best care possible, just as we would for our own family members. In 2011, HTPB worked with the Adventist Hospital in Port-au-Prince to provide surgical care for 3 children who were born with club-feet, a condition that so deformed their feet that they were unable to walk. Over a 2-3 month period, HTPB accompanied these 3 children and their parents through the complicated health care system; making contact with the physicians and hospital personnel, mulitple pre and post-op visits for cast changes at the Adventist Hospital, and the surgical process. With no chance of walking prior to surgery, these children are now able to walk normally, wearing support shoes and orthotics as they grow.

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