VHF was founded in 1999 with a mission to provide competent and compassionate healthcare to the people of southwest Haiti and to empower them with resources to pursue their basic right to health and health education.
Matthew Devastates Visitation Hospital’s Haitian Community of Petite Riviere de Nippes
The southwest area of Haiti was hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew which includes Visitation Clinic’s Petite Riviere de Nippes area. Roads and bridges have been swept away preventing transportation west into Port au Prince and transportation to the Clinic from the east. With this tragedy, Visitation Clinic is even more the community’s home base for healthcare and needed medicines.
Many generous donors made the construction of our Visitation Clinic possible ensuring it was built with expertise and great care to withstand the ravages of hurricanes and earthquakes. The Clinic itself has survived the horrendous weather there, but a bridge leading to the Clinic has fallen, the storage area housing medical supplies and equipment was severely damaged and many of its contents were destroyed. We are struggling to bring needed supplies and medicines to the Clinic despite transportation and communication issues. Donations during this critical time will be greatly appreciated, wisely used and will bless the children and families of Haiti who have lost their homes.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The average income per capita for their nearly 10 million people is $250 U.S./year.
This poverty contributes to Haiti's endemic nutritional deficiencies, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, bacterial and protozoal dysenteries, and malaria.
Your donation to Visitation Hospital helps us deliver the healthcare services that lead to better lives and futures for the people of Haiti. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible.
Meet Jessica Le Blanc and her mother who live in Sillegue near Visitation Clinic and Petite Riviere de Nippes in Haiti. Jessica is 12 years old and first visited Visitation Clinic nine months ago, very underweight and dehydrated. Our doctors found her blood sugar was dangerously high. Visitation Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Marie-Claude Francois decided immediately to refer her to the nearest Hospital so she could be stabilized. However, just two days later, Jessica was back at Visitation, far sicker than before. At the hospital, her mother had been told they could do absolutely nothing for Jessica and turned them away.
When evaluated again at Visitation, Jessica’s blood sugar was so high it could not even be measured with our instruments. Though Visitation Clinic is not a 24-7 hospital, Dr. Marie decided to treat her, arranging for a clinic bed, continual IV and around-the-clock attention. Our doctors began her insulin regimen and arranged for proper, healthy food. When she was discharged a week later, her blood sugar was under control.
Her mother was taught about the nourishing diet which Jessica should have and the family was was given gourdes to buy healthy foods in the village. Visitation Clinic now provides Jessica’s insulin and she has regular check- ups, twice a month. Her blood sugar has remained stable. She and her mother now understand that her diabetes diagnosis is to be treated seriously and perpetually. ... See MoreSee Less
We are in the final hours of The Big Payback! Please visit www.thebigpayback.org/Haiti and make a donation of any size to Visitation Hospital Foundation before MIDNIGHT!
Your gracious gifts ensure that we may continue to provide quality medical care and much needed medicines to the families of southwest Haiti. Your gifts make such a difference and save lives! ... See MoreSee Less