Gambade is a small village which sits in the rugged mountainous region of Grande-Rivière-du-Nord in Northern Haiti.
The nearest hospital is located 10 kilometers away in the town of Grande-Rivière-du-Nord. A larger hospital in Cap-Haitian is 37 kilometers away. While these distances seem small, the mountainous terrain around Gambade makes travel extremely difficult and hazardous. During the rainy season, roads are impassable, making it impossible to get adequate medical care.
In 2012 two members from Compass Point Bible Church, Burlington met with local community leaders and learned about their vision for a permanent clinic in Gambade. They openly shared their biggest challenge, the many deaths of pregnant women and their newborns and the absence of basic health care.
Their stories were relayed to the congregants of Compass Point Bible Church. They were moved by the challenges and determination of the Gambade villagers. The ‘Together with Haïti’ group was formed.
Several planning and relationship building trips with the Gambade community took place annually from 2012 – 2015. The community pledged to contribute with whatever they have; giving them a sense of ownership as well as partnership in generosity.
Also, two land-owners, members of the community donated two adjacent pieces of property large enough to build the planned Clinic. The community and the other partners were encouraged by this significant gesture by two of its members.
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE
Construction started in the Spring of 2016. The Gambade community was very excited to see the beginning of construction after 3 years of discussion, preparation and planning. In the summer of 2019 construction was completed including solar power, backup generator and internet to allow communication to North America!
The construction Team has now joined with the Medical Team to purchase equipment for the clinic. Other priorities include training and staffing before the first patient can be seen at the clinic.
Clinic in 2019
Working with EMAS Canada, and the Gambade Medical Clinic Project Support Team of Compass Point Bible Church, a team of medical professionals completed an exploratory visit to the area in November 2016.
The purpose of this 2016 mission was to gain insight into healthcare priorities before long-term engagement. This was achieved through hands-on clinical services; meetings with local project leaders, and national healthcare professionals. As the project develops, our vision is that an EMAS team will engage for the long-term in capacity building, through training of national staff and improvement of services, through ongoing professional development.
Enhancing local healthcare professionals’ skills and capacity is very important to us. That is why before the Clinic even opened, in the Fall of 2018, a Team of Canadian Healthcare professionals conducted a 4 day training blitz for Matronnes (Traditional Birth Attendants) and Health Agents of the Gambade Area. The training was overwhelmingly well received.
We are currently looking for qualified healthcare professionals to add to our team, please contact the EMAS office and let them know you wish to join the Gambade Team!
Watch this latest update on the progress made with your help during the pandemic while we wait to travel again:
Donations may be designated for either the Equipment needs of the Clinic, or the Clinic Staffing and Operations or the Audio Bible ministry/Evangelism.
• $30 a month contributes to the operation and maintenance of the Clinic
• $50 a month contributes to training, paying and maintaining the Staffing complement of the Clinic
• $100 a month contributes to the above as well as paying medicines for those who can not afford them.
For Audio Bible ministry/Evangelism:
• $30 helps pay for the cost of Audio Bibles in Creole