SaveHaiti

SaveHaiti is our most ambitious and extensive healthcare project. IMR has been committed to relief efforts in Haiti since 2010 when the devastating earthquake ravaged that delicate land. Within the first 3 months following the calamity our teams treated over 30,000 patients at a field hospital. With long term healthcare in mind, IMR started HOPE (Haiti Out Patient Establishment) Clinic in 2012 in the village of Miragoane to serve the local destitute population.

Our volunteer medical teams visit Haiti twice a year and provide healthcare to scores of people on each trip. The total number of patients treated as of August 2018 is 17,850. Apart from these trips IMANA supports the clinic through local physicians on a weekly basis.

In 2013, IMR also sent a SaveVision team which established a small eye clinic and performed several cataract surgeries. In 2014 IMR launched a clean drinking water project; a well provides access to clean, fresh water for the local people now.

SaveHaiti Frequently Asked Questions

IMR works with a local foundation by the name of READ, which has a clinic that was set up with IMANA financial grant, in the rural area of Miragoane about 2.5-hour drive from the capital Port au Prince.
IMR makes arrangements to receive team members at Port au Prince airport and transport them to Miragoane in air conditioned vans. The return journey is also properly arranged.
All team members are lodged in simple dorm type accommodations on the premises. These are separate for male and female members of the team.
Meals are cooked fresh, a healthy, halal diet is arranged. Plenty of bottled water is available.
Based on experience from previous missions we have a suggested formulary. Some medicines are procured locally by READ Foundation while the bulk of them is procured in the USA and transported with the volunteers. We dispatch boxes of medicines and supplies to the team members about two weeks before the trip, which they then carry to Haiti. IMANA reimburses any extra baggage fee.

Depending upon who all volunteer, at times there is a pharmacist in the team. Otherwise, the team leader nominates a team member to manage it.

IMR SaveHaiti Project lead and Chair of Relief Committee brief the team on clinical aspects in detail before departure. An informative booklet is also shared with the team, which has been developed with inputs from previous teams.
Our teams try to limit themselves to cases requiring little or no follow-up care. Any cases requiring follow-up care are referred to local facilities. That is the nature of most medical relief work.
Obtaining laboratory testing and/or radiological imaging is challenging while working in the field. In the event a patient requires further workup by way of testing arrangements can be made for the patient to go to a local facility.
Translators will be handy, there is usually one translator per physician. They are arranged by READ Foundation.
Volunteers only pay for their air tickets to and from Haiti. IMR arranges everything else – food, transportation and accommodation.
For the return journey, the team travels to Port au Prince after clinic on Friday. They spend a night at an airport hotel booked by READ Foundation. Team members pay for the night stay which is under $100 per head depending upon room sharing arrangements.
Yes, it is needed, but for US & Canadian nationals it is stamped on arrival at Port au Prince airport. Team members from other nationalities have to be in possession of a valid work visa or residence permit.

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April 7-13, 2019

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