Poverty imposes a tremedous burden of sickness and suffering on many children in Haiti. In an effort to help precisley these children, Saint Damien Hospital offers both children of poverty, and children of any social level in emergent distress, quality and dignified healthcare.
We believe in caring for the sick despite their social standing and strive to offset the injustices of poverty and unemployment which make healthcare inaccessible for many poor people. Poverty imposes a tremedous burden of sickness and suffering on many children.
Founded by American priest Father William Wasson in 1954, we opened our Haiti offices in 1988. While the initial goal of NPFS was to build a permanent home for orphaned and abandoned children in Port-au-Prince, the large amount of children dying from treatable illnesses showed a desperate need for a hospital that could treat chronic and other debilitating pediatric illnesses.
Funded through private contributions to NPH worldwide, we've been able to provide high quality medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children in Haiti. More than half of all patients are admitted for an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV while twenty-five percent are admitted for non-infectious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney infection.
Most patients admitted are also malnourished. The outpatient clinic treats 100 children daily, for acute, parasitic, and bacterial infections. In specialized clinics, chronic conditions such as sickle cell anaemia, congenital heart diseases (CHD), tuberculosis and cancer are treated for months or years if needed. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and associated public health programs of NPFS reach over 30,000 children annually.
There is definitely a need that needs to be filled in Haiti. Please support our cause and help support our young patients.
Saint Damien Hospital Haiti