Medical Equipment for the Clinic of Hope A Project of Aslan in Haiti
Like an oasis in the desert, the Aslan Ministries Clinic of Hope sits on a remote piece of land in a village called L'Acajou. It is a functioning medical clinic, and the area's only medical facility for many miles. People walk dirt roads for miles and seemingly emerge out of the brush to receive medical treatment here. Since the closest hospital (also miles away) closed its doors due to a doctors strike, these people would go without medical care if this clinic was not in existence.
The Clinic of Hope treats adult and pediatric patients for a variety of injuries and diseases. Patients are never turned away because of their inability to pay. They come in for wounds, burns, skin and eye infections, various trauma, broken bones, sprains, childhood illnesses, viruses, respiratory issues, pregnancy, and diseases ranging from diabetes to malaria and dengue fever. Last summer, I was blessed to work in this clinic as a nurse. In the two days I was there, I saw most of these health issues.
The regular staff consists of two competent and dedicated Haitian physicians, along with a nurse, pharmacist, and lab technician who work to care for the people who wait patiently for treatment outside under a tree. The clinic opened its doors in 2013 and structurally it is a comparatively modern facility with running water, flushing toilets, and an air conditioner – all powered by a generator. However, the clinic is in great need of equipment to support the staff in their efforts to provide even the most basic medical care that we take for granted.
One of the most pressing needs is for laboratory equipment. Currently, blood samples are analyzed manually – with human eyes counting blood cells, bacteria and virus cells. Often, patients aren't fully diagnosed because it's not always possible to visually analyze the blood samples – even with the aid of a microscope. In Haiti, even the smallest health issue can become critical.
We have identified a medical equipment supplier who has approved Aslan's application for assistance. Worldwide Lab Improvement, Inc. will assist in providing quality lab equipment and ongoing support at a discounted cost. The fundraising goal of $11,000 will cover the costs of hematology and metabolic panel equipment and supplies, as well as testing support for pregnancy, sickle cell, occult blood, and anemia. Additionally, this equipment will enable the staff to diagnosis malaria and dengue fever which have grown to epidemic proportions in Haiti over the last two years according to the CDC.
Please help our Haitian brothers and sisters by donating today. No amount is too small.
By helping purchase this equipment for the clinic, you will be improving the health of these beautiful people and saving lives!
"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these, even the least of them, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:40