Health4Haiti's mission is to improve the lives and health care of people in Haiti, specifically in Gonaives, a city of over 350,000 people.Gonaives is currently served by one public hospital, which has been completely destroyed twice during the devastating hurricane flooding in 2004 and again in 2008. The medical care infrastructure in the city is desperately inadequate.
Health4Haiti Partnership began as a series of mission trips made by parishioners of Pueblo's Ascension Episcopal Church in 1999. After Hurricane Jeanne flooded the city in 2004 we asked St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation in Pueblo for its help to re-equip the hospital and to re-open it's operating rooms. The result was a three-year grant from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) in support of this, sending a medical team each year to re-open and maintain the operating rooms, to treat patients, and to build a new clinic at the Episcopal Church and School. Five other foundations have provided grant support as well.
Since receiving the grant, Health4Haiti has re-equipped the hospital twice with desperately needed equipment such as anesthesia machines, X-ray machines, surgical instruments, neonatal incubators, oxygen concentrators and beds.