The Saint Boniface Haiti Foundation’s satellite clinic in Villa provides a permanent station for high quality care an otherwise isolated section of Southern Haiti.
The town of Villa lies high in the mountains about an hour's drive east of St. Boniface Hospital. The trip there is rough, and when the rains come it is often cut off for hours or days, until the rivers subside enough for vehicles to ford them again. There are a few small health clinics in the area, but most are rarely stocked with supplies and have very little capacity to treat patients. The Villa Clinic is the one health facility that ensures that all patients who come there can receive the care they need, and its relationship with St. Boniface Hospital ensures that those who need more intensive or specialized care can be transferred to the hospital while maintaining a continum of care.
The old Villa Clinic was damaged beyond repair in the 2010 Earthquake. With assistance from the Spanish Red Cross, SBHF built a new clinic in the Southeast Department that now serves over 1,100 patients per month. The clinic's operations are funded, in part, by the Dover Church in Dover, MA and St. Agnes Parish of Reading, Ma.
There are two permanent nurses and one permanent doctor at the clinic, and someone is on call 24/7/365. Along with the clinic's pharmacist, lab technician, and visiting nurses and resident doctors from St. Boniface, they are the most trusted healthcare provider in a large and extremely remote area.