NOVA Hope for Haiti not only provides medical care at our clinics in Martineau and Boileau. We also bring “Mobile Medical Clinics” to people living in villages too far to travel to our permanent clinics. During each volunteer medical mission and, for the first time, during our recent maintenance mission, we conduct one of these important one-day journeys expanding the reach of our services.
Traveling to these locations is difficult. It generally takes over an hour by jeep to reach, traveling over rocky dirt roads and over (sometimes through) rivers. On these missions, we bring the doctors, nurses, a pharmacist and a lab technician directly to the people. We set up a temporary clinic, complete with a pharmacy and an area to conduct lab tests.
Prior to our arrival, a certain number of tickets are distributed to ensure that we treat a manageable number of patients (it would be impossible to see everyone in a town in one day). When we arrive, the patients are already in line and patiently wait for their turn to see a doctor.
These mobile missions are very rewarding for our team since these people can’t get to our clinic throughout the year like the local residents in Cavaillon.
Below are some photos from mobile missions conducted in October 2016 (immediately following Hurricane Matthew) and May 2017.