At each clinic we hire Haitian doctors, nurses, cooks, translators, helpers and laborers. In a poverty stricken nation with unemployment estimated at over 60%, it makes good sense to put Haitians to work.
There is a clinic fee of 25 gourdes, which is equivalent to 54 cents. We charge this minimal fee to put a value on the healthcare people are receiving. Many people come to Haiti and give free clinics but this devalues the Haitian people. Haitian doctors and nurses do not need to compete with free health care provided by relief workers.
Along with the medication prescribed, we also provide some basic supplies.
The clinics open at 6:00am and close at 7:00pm. Patients start arriving before sunrise, some walking more than 5 kilometers to get there. Patients pay their fee and are given a registration number. At registration, information is gathered and vital signs are taken. Patients may wait a few hours for their short visit with the doctor. After their doctor visit, they go to the pharmacy and see a nurse. Depending upon what has been prescribed, they may receive fluids, shots, vitamins, meds and some basic supplies.