Medical and Dental

"But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed."

Isaiah 53:5

MEDICAL CARE

In October 2013, Dr. James Roelofs arranged for Dr. Cleantus Jean, Jr., to receive advanced training in the Radiology Department at the Cuyuna Range Medical Center.  Robert Kreitter, Director of Radiology and Cate Thompson, Ultrasound Technician, and many other amazing staff provided training that will help Dr. Jean better diagnose and treat many patients.  This gift of knowledge is one that will truly save lives, and we appreciate the tremendous support we received from hospital staff. 

Co-founders of The Faith Project purchased a portable ultrasound machine and a portable EKG machine for Dr. Jean so he could utilize that training once he returned to Haiti and opened his practice.  

In November 2013, Dr. Jean graduated from medical school, with full honors, and shortly after he began holding temporary medical clinics in Garde Saline. With the generous donation of medical supplies and medicines from Pharmacist Dave Parry of Lakes Area Pharmacy in Pine River and Pequot Lakes, and Pharmacist Robert Nystrom of Thrifty Drug in Brainerd, he and several colleagues held weekly medical clinics in tents, treating dozens of people.  Medical conditions ranged from Cholera, Malaria, Typhoid, intestinal parasites, fever, hypertension, eye allergies, and urinary infections, to name a few.

In 2014, Linda and Dan Marrin purchased diagnostic lab equipment for the clinic, and the Leadership Council rented a home for Dr. Jean to use as clinic space until a permanent clinic can be built.  Dr. Jean opened a second office in Ft. Liberte`, where he often partners with the local hospital by providing ultrasounds and EKGs for hospital patients.

In 2016, the clinic was moved to a better structure in the village - again, until a permanent clinic can be built. In addition, Dr. Jean was accepted as a student at the University of Miami, with the hope of receiving his Master's Degree in Public Health.  His education is possible through the financial support of Lynn and Paul Hunt. His long-term goal is to become Health Minister of Haiti, and, perhaps, even run for the political office. During his studies, Dr. Joseph Anegard operates the clinic in Garde Saline.
 
DENTAL CARE
In October 2016, Kathryn Fogle, President of the Sea Star Foundation, along with her parents and The Faith Project Board members Bruce and Mary Fogle, brought the first-ever dental services to Garde Saline.  Between 250 and 300 children received education on dental hygiene; tooth brushes; and tooth paste; and fluoride treatments.
 
​Long-term, our goal is to work with the Sea Star Foundation to bring dentists into the village for regular dental care.