The Need for Missional Healthcare
A pregnant woman died on the doorstep of the General Hospital in Port au Prince in early May. The news made national and international headlines because of the reason why it happened. The staff of the General Hospital went on strike because of the conditions of the facility and lack of supplies. The staff walked out and left thousands like the pregnant woman who died in a desperate situation.
The mission-supported medical facilities across Haiti, like Peredo Community Hospital, stand in the gap to meet the critical healthcare needs that the Haitian government hospitals are leaving unmet.
Each day a different group of people sit in the shade of a metal awning on the block pavers in Peredo, Haiti, waiting patiently to see our doctors. They come from Jacmel, from Seguin, from every hill and valley in southeast Haiti. Stories of the great distances walked or ridden on a motorbike and the long-suffering of their illnesses fill the hot, humid air. We are grateful to have a facility where our dedicated staff can examine, treat, and care for our patients, providing medicine to treat their needs. This is a very tangible way we do something for Haiti that will last.
We know the need is real. Sometimes a story from the headlines reminds us just how real.
Your ongoing general support of HCO and all of our ministries helps us meet these very real needs.