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.  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 could be built. 

In 2016-2018, Dr. Jean moved to Miami when major benefactors sponsored his getting his Masters Degree in Public Health.  He graduates in December 2018 and will immediately return to Haiti to continue his work with The Faith Project, other aid groups, and the Health Ministry.

In 2016, the clinic was moved to a three-room cement building in the village.
 
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.
 
FIVE-YEAR IMPACT DATA
SUSTAINABILITY PLAN PROGRAM AREA                                        2012              2017   
Individuals with regular access to health care                                                   0%               100%
Villagers reporting major, untreated health issue                                            69%                   4%

Households using clinic for primary medical care                                            0%                 77%

Villagers paying for doctor visits  ($1.57 US per visit)                                Less than 2%   100%
Clinic referrals to hospital                                                                               -----                    7%
Patients who followed through on hospital referral                                                                 46%
Primary health issue cited                                                                             Fever                  Fever
Disease Outbreaks: 2013 = Major Cholera epidemic
                                2014 = Chikungunya and Cholera
Medications Prescribed of Patients of Clinic                                                0                         63%
When asked what changes are needed at the clinic:
  • "The clinic is not equipped enough."
  • "The clinic is too small and does not have enough medicines."