In Plaine-Du-Norde, over 250,000 people have no access to adequate healthcare.
Many have died simply because they could not afford transportation to the closest hospital, which is a long distance away. Others attempt a dangerous journey walking, just to have a chance at receiving treatment. As a result, many suffer unnecessarily, go untreated, and have passed away.
Severe health problems cripple people in rural Haiti, such as:
- high rates of infant mortality/maternal mortality
- intestinal worms
- mortality due to tetanus, measles, polio, rubella
- lymphatic filariasis
- acute respiratory infections
In 2013, Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) approached Haiti Mission Branche Nord with the proposal to build a hospital in an area that currently has no health care facilities. They demonstrated their commitment to the project by donating two hectacres of land in a strategic location between Plaine de Nord and Acul de Nord.
This hospital will be provide services to over 250,000 people in the area, solving a considerable number of these major health problems.
Dr. Maklin's plan is straighforward: employ Haitian workers to build the hospital, use a Haitian medical staff, and thus provide Hope to a large area of Northern Haiti.
The hospital will also allow the establishment of a center for nutrition that will provide food security for the people in the surrounding communities, growing many products like beans, rice, cornmeal, and vegetables. There will also be projects to keep poultry and thus provide meat and eggs.