Marking The Clnic's Grand Opening!
Forward in Health, a Gardner, Massachusetts based non-profit dedicated to improving the health conditions and dignity of the people of Fonfred, Haiti, announced today the opening of Klinic Fonfred, a health clinic in Fonfred, Haiti.
Klinic Fonfred is a primary care clinic providing life saving healthcare to a community of 18,000 poor adults and children from birth through adulthood in the Fonfred area. Vital clinic services such as prenatal care, for example, will provide access to preventative and emergent health services for pregnant mothers, help prevent the spread of HIV to a new generation of children, and ensure the birth of healthier infants in this community lacking access to primary health services.
The clinic is operated by an all Haitian staff, and at full capacity will include a Haitian pediatrician and director, a family practice physician, nursing staff, an assistant director, clerical and support staff. The facility includes a lab for basic testing, a pharmacy, digital radiology, and chapel named to honor Mother Teresa.
Construction of Klinic Fonfred began in 2006 and endured despite the difficulties inherent in working in a third world country from the US (abroad) and a devastating earthquake that rocked the impoverished nation in January of 2010. Forward in Health raised over $250,000 to complete the construction and fund the initial operation of the clinic in and around the blue collar community of Gardner, Massachusetts. Additional support for this Forward In Health initiative came from communities throughout the Commonwealth and across the county.
A formal grand opening ceremony will be held on November 13, 2015. Dr. Florence D. Guillaume, the Haitian Minister of Public Health, will serve as the as the principal guest of honor for this ceremony. Cardinal Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti, local dignitaries and guests, and representatives of Forward in Health will attend the program as well.
For more information, please contact Dr. John Mulqueen, Forward in Health, at (978)632-7846.
Welcome to Forward In Health
FIH volunteers travel to Haiti 3-4 times per year. Missions include medical teams and a third world cultural experience for high school and college students.
Health care is provided to the poor in a community that has limited to no local access to medical care.
Over the counter and prescription medicine, basic medical supplies and building materials are provided for a nursing home.
Volunteers have fed, held, and comforted handicapped children and sick infants that might not be held otherwise. They have cooked meals, sanded and refinished beds, and brightened the day of residents of a nursing home.
A medical clinic has been built and is bringing a permanent medical presence to a community that does not have medical care. Benefits to the community include; clean drinking water, preventive health education, prenatal care, and HIV/Aids testing to prevent further transmission of the virus to a new generation.