The Dominican Republic suffers from among the highest infant and maternal mortality across the Americas.
Project HOPE’s focus in the Dominican Republic remains supporting education of the health workforce to address the health care needs of thousands of mothers and children in the poorest regions. In 2017 Project HOPE celebrated the opening of a third maternal child health clinic in partnership with the Dominican Association of the Order of Malta (ADOM) – this one in Haina, an underserved region near Western Santo Domingo.
In 2017 Project HOPE also launched our high-priority program to reduce neonatal mortality in the country working with caring donors, the Ministry of Health, National Health Service and the country’s second largest maternity hospital “Materninad San Lorenzo de Los Mina.” Through the Saving the Newborn initiative, HOPE is training health care workers to save newborn lives, upgrading and providing training on life-saving equipment, and also created a media campaign through the press and social networks to raise awareness and alert the Dominican population about this problem.
Project HOPE has been working in the Dominican Republic since 1996, when we first began collaborating with ADOM to improve the health of women and children. With the support of ADOM, Project HOPE opened a women’s and children’s health clinic in the Herrera neighborhood of Santo Domingo in 2002 and in the more rural Monte Plata in 2003. While both clinics are now self-reliant, Project HOPE continues to provide technical oversight in order to optimize efficiency. The clinics have provided over two million medical services to more than 100,000 women and children to date.
In 2004 – in response to devastating floods – Project HOPE sent $1.2 million in medicines and medical supplies to the Dominican Republic. In 2006 we shipped vaccines worth $3 million to the Ministry of Health for a nationwide vaccination campaign. In 2013 HOPE delivered several hundred thousand doses of Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) vaccine to the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic – again for a national vaccine campaign.
In 2014 Project HOPE was selected to implement the project “Alerta Joven.” This project was financed by USAID to create a sustainable and multidisciplinary security network for young people in vulnerable situations of crime and violence in Dominican Republic. Project HOPE was able to impact more than 4,200 beneficiaries through integrated activities providing education, job opportunities and health training to young people at risk by marginalization and deprivation of rights.
HOPE’s history in the Dominican Republic also includes village health bank programs and HIV/AIDS education and counseling.
Learn more about how Project HOPE is Providing Quality Healthcare to Women and Children in the Dominican Republic.
“Closing the Circle” explains the important role of the clinic staff, to not only care for patients, but model healthy behaviors.
“Wait” shows the community atmosphere and positive peer support offered to mothers and families at the clinic, making the waiting time to be seen sometimes as important as the care itself.