In 2016 WOFKC partnered with International Health Initiative (IHI) in the provision of healthcare services to those most in need in the Dominican Republic, with a focus on the La Vega Province.
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 goal is to partner with local providers and combine our resources to develop long-term, sustainable public health programs that support underserved communities. Based on years of experience and a series of conversations with community members and medical professionals, we have chosen several areas of focus including:
Chronic health conditions (hypertension, diabetes, anemia)
Surgery (from 2020)
Currently, this support includes regular medical service trips to the DR, usually in January and May. We are always recruiting interested parties to serve with us, including all medical, dental and nursing professionals (and students). You do not have to be a healthcare professional to be useful on our trips! We have designed our programs that anyone can be a contributing member of the team. If you are interested in volunteering, please CONTACT US
Medical service trips will provide the following services:
Primary care clinics to provide walk in service to treat patients where possible, and provide referral and follow up services where necessary
House to house evaluations and screenings on an ongoing basis
Ongoing care and identification of urgent cases
Assistance to allow registration for insurance/access to existing services
In 2017 we launched a three year plan to ensure the sustainability of our healthcare plans from a resource, medical and financial perspective. Our plan is to launch programs to help other areas in the DR that have similar challenges to the ones found in the La Vega Province. We will be posting our results and findings here as our plans develop and come to fruition.
The next mission will operate from Thursday January 17th to Thursday January 24th 2019
Dates for May/June 2019 will be posted shortly
The next mission will operate from January 17th to January 24rd 2018