In the Dominican Republic, Project HOPE has worked with the Order of Malta and the Secretary of Public Health and Social Assistance to develop two high quality, cost-effective maternal and child health clinics. In 1996, the first clinic was opened in the neighborhood of Buenos Aires de Herrera in Santo Domingo, offering services to the local women and children with a priority on providing services for pregnant women, children under five and their mothers.The clinic at Buenos Aires de Herrera achieved financial sustainability in just five years.
In 2003, Project HOPE and the Order of Malta worked together to open another clinic in the neighborhood of Monte Plata using the same model of sustainability as the first clinic.
Now run by a local partner, the clinics continue to receive technical oversight from Project HOPE to optimize efficiency, providing more than 1 million services to over 80,000 women and children to date. The Pan American Health Organization recognized the program as a global model in July 2002.
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