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The Needs of a Community

Restauración, located just 12 km from the Haitian border, is situated in the second poorest province in the Dominican Republic. The town is comprised of a town center and is closely surrounded by rural villages. Restauración’s location on the border opens it up to an entire other community, which mirrors its location on the Haitian side. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, lending itself to a number of tropical diseases that are not commonly seen in other areas in the region. Due to the ease of the border crossing, human trafficking is a common trend between the two countries, leading to many undocumented residents.

More than half of Dominicans lives in poverty, and trends predict that although the prevalence of infectious disease is declining, its dominance will soon be replaced by chronic non-communicable diseases.

There are currently five clinics located within the municipality of Restauración that depend on the public health system, even though less than 3% of public spending is utilized to strengthen the health sector. Not surprisingly, this results in under-qualified physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personal, as well as insufficient systems, lacking adequate technology and resources to properly serve the patients that they admit.

The physicians stationed in these remote posts are often times recent medical school graduates who have barely begun their residencies, and lack sufficient supervision. Due to its location, Restauración also serves as a resource to the large, unofficial population of Haitians living right across the border in the village of Tiluri, a virtually untouched community. Only documented Dominican citizens are covered by the public health system, leaving these marginalized communities with little access to health education or health care to suffer, and a complete lack of emphasis on health education or preventative care.

FIMRC’s Project Restauración works with local health clinics to better train and observe medical professionals, execute public health campaigns in the region based on current local needs and train locals on preventative health care so that they can serve their communities more effectively. We aim to be present in both Restauración, Dominican Republic and Tiluri, Haiti.