The Early Vision of Haiti Clinic: Having been born of a simple request by a neighborhood resident to “come and do a clinic”, the first effort of this group was just that. In late June, 2007, several Florida practitioners from Brevard and Indian River Counties held a makeshift clinic in Cité Soleil and treated 263 patients in 2 days under less than optimal conditions.
Haiti Clinic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving healthcare in the impoverished nation of Haiti. Our aim is to provide the resources necessary to utilize the vast knowledge and abilities of healthcare practitioners and other volunteers to impact the lives of some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere. This includes access to medications and physicians, basic necessities such as clean water and adequate nutrition, as well as education and sanitation. A dedicated space that is adequate to the task is a must and we have been extremely fortunate to find just that Cité Soleil.
Our volunteers come from all over to support this wonderful cause. The people who volunteer their time, talent and resources have a wide variety of backgrounds, religious affiliations and political views but their one commonality is the desire to bring help and hope to the suffering citizens of Haiti.
We create teams that function together as a network – enhancing our ability to bring the needed clinical, physical and financial resources to those in dire need. Moving forward, our aim is to train Haitian community members in healthcare practices and other professions, so that the Clinic will someday function on its’ own. Ultimately, Haiti Clinic envisions itself as a Haitian-run facility, with health staff augmented by periodic visits from American clinicians, generalists and specialists.