In 2016 WOFKC agreed to partner with a highly experienced and dedicated healthcare group, International Health Initiative(IHI) in the provision of healthcare services to those most in need in the Dominican Republic, specifically in the central town of Constanza.
IHI is the leading non-governmental organization addressing public health issues in Constanza, a rural city of 120,000 people. Formed by volunteers who have been working in the region since 2008, IHI has developed strong partnerships with a wide range of community leaders.
Our joint vision is to combine our resources to develop a long term and sustainable series of health programs in and around Constanza to support the local community where there is a lack of access to both surgical care, and also the treatment of common chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes as well as ongoing public health and health education programs.
Currently this support includes regular health service trips to the DR from our bases in Boston and Kansas City, typically during January and May each year. These trips cover both surgical needs (January) and public health/primary care/screening (both trips) and we are always recruiting interested parties to serve with us including medical, dental, nursing professionals as well as anyone else interested in furthering healthcare in this fascinating country. If you are interested in volunteering, please CONTACT US
In 2017, after our partnership was formed, we launched a three year plan to ensure the sustainability of our healthcare plans from a resource, medical and financial point of view. Our plan is to launch similar plans to help other areas in the DR that have similar needs to those identified in Constanza. We will be posting our results and findings here as our plans develop and come to fruition.
The most recent health services trip was in country during May 2017. This was a service trip dedicated to providing public health fairs in Barrio Las Flores, one of the Barrios most in need of our help in Constanza. As well as seeing patients, this trip initiated many contacts with partners we will need to develop an ongoing presence in the months and years to come. Some pictures of this trip appear below.