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Medical Missionaries is a volunteer group of more than 200 doctors, nurses, dentists, and others who work to improve the health of the poor in the U.S. and throughout the world. We provide medical care and medical supplies, clothing and food to the areas we serve.
One area of focus has been along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. We built and support a clinic (hospital) in Thomassique, Haiti. Volunteer medical and surgical teams make numerous trips during the course of a year to provide medical care. We also have programs to provide potable water, overcome childhood malnutrition, provide vaccinations to prevent disease.
We also send medicines to medical teams serving throughout the world, sea containers of medical supplies and equipment to Haiti/Dominican Republic and Africa, and clothing and supplies to those in need in the U.S. (primarily Northern Virginia, The District of Columbia, Appalachia, and Indian Reservations).
Dr. Gilbert Irwin
9590 Surveyor Ct
Manassas, VA 20110 USA
healthcare, medicine, medical supplies, clinic, diseases, Haiti relief, medical treatment, hospital, helping the poor, third world health care
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Medical Missionaries seeks to improve healthcare for the poor in the USA and elsewhere in the world, especially in Haiti-Dominican Republic, and Africa. It was founded by Dr. Gil Irwin, a medical doctor who visited the Haiti-Dominican Republic border in 1997. He saw first-hand that poverty and disease were rampant.
The poor suffered from disease and illness caused by unsafe water, malnutrition, and a lack of sanitation. Infant/maternal mortality rates were high. There was no access to even the most basic medical care. Seeing such suffering from the lack of basic needs, he became determined to help improve healthcare in this area.
Dr. Irwin had always helped those in need and founded Medical Missionaries as a way to expand his efforts. (Early in his medical career, he saw that local inner-city communities were underserved when it came to healthcare, so helped to procure a budget increase for their healthcare. He also collected medical supplies to donate both in the USA and overseas.)
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St. Joseph Clinic, Thomassique, Haiti
In 1997 Medical Missionaries started sending volunteer medical teams to go to the Haiti-Dominican Republic border to provide medical care to this region that suffered from having had no access to healthcare. In 200, Medical Missionaries built a state-of-the-art clinic (hospital) that was the first permanent medical facility in this region of more than 125,000 people. It serves not only the residents of Thomassique, but 125,000 residents of the region. St. Joseph's Clinic is staffed by 15 Haitian medical professionals. They serve between 100 and 150 patients each day and facilitate between 40 and 60 births each month. Teams of doctors and nurses from the U.S. visit the clinic several times each year to assist with special procedures and to provide professional development for the Haitian staff.
Providing Aid in the USA
Medical Missionaries donates items including medical equipment, clothing, health and household supplies to those in need in the USA, primarily in the Virginia/DC area, West Virginia, Appalachia, and Indian Reservations in Oklahoma and South Dakota. We have also sent disaster relief supplies for victims of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes in the USA, most recently in Florida (Hurricane Irma, 2017), Texas (Hurricane Harvey, 20017), the Jersey Shore (Hurricane Sandy, 2012), and Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina, 2005).
International Shipments of Medical Supplies
Medical Missionaries sends sea containers of medical supplies and equipment to help build infrastructure in poor areas of the world, particularly Africa (including Guinea Bisseau, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi). Our volunteers secure supplies, sort and prepare them for shipment, and load the sea containers. Through 2017, we have sent 173 sea containers of health equipment and supplies worldwide to those in need.
Global Health Fellowship Program
Our Global Health Fellowship Program helps a new generation of healthcare professionals prepare to serve the poor in underdeveloped areas. Each year we select graduates from U.S. colleges and universities who plan to pursue and advanced degree in medicine and/or public health to serve for a full year as Global Health Fellows in Thomassique, Haiti. During their year in Haiti, Fellows serve as prime contacts between Medical Missionaries and St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique. They coordinate several health and community projects involving mobile clinics, community health, vaccination and malnutrition programs, among other responsibilities.
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In Haiti and the Dominican Republic, our goal is to improve access to basic healthcare along the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. In the short term our goal was to send medical teams each year to provide medical care and vaccinations, and perform basic procedures and surgeries. Seeing the need for providing more continual health care, our long term goal was to build a Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti, which would be the first permanent medical facility in this region. Beyond this, the goal is to train Haitians to be self-sufficient in running and funding the Clinic and community health programs in remote outlying villages.
Beyond Haiti and the Dominican Republic, another goal has been to improve healthcare for the poorest of the poor by partnering with other NGOs and sending shipments of supplies (medicines, medical equipment and supplies, hygiene and household supplies) to those in need in the USA and elsewhere in the world (including disaster relief efforts).
Establishing Medical Missionaries, Dr. Irwin's strategy was to bring together a volunteer group of doctors, nurses, dentists, and others to work together to improve the health of the poorest of the poor.
Dr. Irwin initially assembled a team of volunteer doctors and nurses to go with him to the Haiti-Dominican Republic border to assess available medical care in the region. They gathered supplies, medicines, equipment and vaccines to carry with them so they could provide medical care in remote villages there. Dr. Irwin assembled another group of volunteers to provide on-the-ground support for the professional teams by securing, sorting, warehousing, and shipping the needed supplies.
This was the beginning of Medical Missionaries. And the beginning of a constantly growing network of professional contacts and new partnerships that make the work of Medical Missionaries possible.
Medical Missionaries quickly grew into a volunteer group of more than 200 doctors, nurses, dentists, and others who shared a commitment to work to improve the health of the poor in the USA and throughout the world.
These volunteers, along with partnerships that continue to be formed (both within the USA, Haiti, and elsewhere internationally), and committed donors and supporters, have provided the organization with the resources and capabilities needed to support our efforts.
Our ability to provide medicines and medical supplies to those in need is made possible through partnerships with USA sources of supplies that have been generous in supporting our efforts.
We monitor our projects on an ongoing basis, collecting data that tracks the progress of each project, so it can be evaluated to inform decisions moving forward.
The status of projects is evaluated by the leadership team and board on a regular basis.
Regarding our work in Haiti, there are weekly calls between the USA leadership team and our Global Health Fellows who are on site in Haiti to oversee projects and serve as liaisons between the USA and Haitian staff at the Clinic.
Medical Missionaries began in 1997, when Dr. Irwin gathered volunteer doctors and nurses to go to the Haiti-Dominican Republic border to provide medical care. In the ensuing years, medical teams returned regularly.
Seeing the need for ongoing medical care in the region, Medical Missionaries built and supports St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti. Opened in 2007, it was the first permanent medical facility in this region of more than 125,000 people.
By the end of its 20th anniversary year in 2017, Medical Missionaries expanded its efforts, introducing more Clinic programs:
• St. Joseph Clinic (Treats about 25,000 each year)
• Visiting Medical Teams (Treat patients & train Haitian staff)
• Global Health Fellows Program (Pre-med/public health students serve at the Clinic)
• Maternal & Infant Care Program (To reduce high mortality rates)
• Medika Mamba (Fights childhood malnutrition)
• School Lunch Program (Feeds almost 1,000 children)
• Water Purification (9,000 households reached)
• Bon Sel/Good Salt (To eradicate lymphatic filariasis)
• Vaccination Program (Thousands of life-saving vaccinations given each year)
• Community Health Centers (To provide basic healthcare in remote villages)
Elsewhere, Medical Missionaries has also provided supplies to those in need in the USA and worldwide. We work with partner groups to send supplies to help build healthcare infrastructure in poor areas of the world. Closer to home, we provide supplies to those in need in the USA, especially the Washington DC area, Appalachia, and the Midwest.
Through 2017, we have sent 173 sea containers of supplies worldwide, supported 30 local health groups, made over 300 trips to West Virginia, Appalachia, and American Indian reservations in the Midwest. We sent disaster relief for victims of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes in the US (including Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Mississippi, & Louisiana).
Over the years, the vision of Medical Missionaries has expanded. What started as an annual trip to improve healthcare in a small corner of Haiti-Dominican Republic has expanded to include building a healthcare facility in Haiti, helping those in need in the USA, and helping other organizations in Third World countries.
Moving forward, Medical Missionaries will continue to send supplies in the USA, and continue to partner with and support healthcare organizations in other parts of the world.
The nature of our work in Haiti has already begun to change, as we transition from providing direct service and sole support of the Clinic to an emphasis on training the Haitian staff and community leaders to become more self-sufficient in running the Clinic and its programs. We will continue to support the Clinic with an annual grant, along with sending visiting medical teams.
Medical Missionaries has been and will continue to be an effort of hundreds of individuals committed to helping improve the lives of others. We look forward to many more years of service to the poorest of the poor.
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Dr. Gilbert Irwin
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