The impact of our work, the impact of your giving
NOW IN OUR 12th YEAR
Steady expansion and improvements.
In 2005 the Lamp’s medical program was nothing more than a single doctor – co-founder James Morgan, MD – examining patients and providing medicines in an alleyway in a Haitian shantytown. Now, the Lamp is a full-featured primary and urgent care health center
Incorporated and received nonprofit status from the IRS.
Aug 3, 2017
Gained use-rights to three small buildings in the neighborhood of Bwa Nèf, a section of the vast Cité Soleil shantytown. A clinic was established with a small pharmacy, open three days per week.
Aug 3, 2017
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Haiti. Lamp staff, including Dr. Morgan and his wife Dr. Ellen Cunningham, provided medical care for many earthquake victims.
Aug 3, 2017
Clinic service increased to five days per week, with two full time doctors. A public toilet was built to meet sanitation needs.
Aug 3, 2017
A new two room building was constructed, along with covered seating waiting areas. All building connected to provide a secure space for staff and patients.
Aug 3, 2017
A much enhanced women’s health clinic was formally launched. An x-ray machine installed, along with an electronic medical record system.
Aug 3, 2017
Community Health Worker program launched, expanding service to include home visits in the neighborhood. A solar panel installation at the clinic provides reliable power.
Sep 12, 2017
Ultrasound capability is added to the Health Center's array of diagnostic tools.
More than 75,000 care episodes delivered since 2006
Currently the Lamp Health Center cares for over 13,000 patients each year
- 65% female, 35% male
- Patients are all ages - 40% are children
- 20-30 pregnant women are seen each week
- In addition, our monthly mobile clinic in other underserved areas provides care to an average of 230 additional people in a single day
- Now Community Health Workers also visit house to house in the surrounding area to the clinic and further expand our reach
The Lamp for Haiti Health Center is, despite various specialized services, a primary health care clinic. It is, however, quite different than a primary health care facility in the United States. Here, on a daily basis, the doctors must deal with severe health conditions brought on by:
- extreme poverty
- lack of proper nutrition
- lack of sanitation
- lack of appropriate health knowledge, and
- a range of life-threatening tropical diseases.
For example, over 1,300 patients per year are diagnosed with anemia, and over 50 with Type II diabetes, both conditions that are closely linked to malnutrition. We see a tremendous number of respiratory, gastro-intestinal, and genitourinary infections, illnesses that are spread and exacerbated by an unsanitary environment. For example, we see an average of 51 tuberculosis patients per year, 64 asthma patients, and 638 patients with pneumonia. Approximately 1,400 patients are diagnosed with genitourinary infection.
We also treat a great number of patients for fungal infections of the skin, worms and other parasites for the same reasons.
Approximately 800 patients are diagnosed with malaria each year, the cerebral version of which can kill a child in a few days if left untreated. Periodic surges of diseases such as cholera, dengue fever and chickungunya (“break-bone fever”) are also treated.
Laboratory and diagnostic capabilities continue to expand, helping Lamp to diagnose and treat more effectively
- 5,000 lab tests conducted per year
- 200 x-rays per year
- 300 EKGs
- Ultrasound added in 2017
- All services are provided free of charge to our patients
We continually optimize our pharmacy offerings and leverage partnerships to secure life-saving medications
The Lamp maintains a list of standard medicines (and laboratory tests) that are provided to all patients and these lists have been growing over time. Medicines constitute a large proportion of our costs and the Lamp has been lucky to build relationships with several large medicine-donating nonprofits that have hugely reduced our expenses in this arena. In 2016, the Lamp received $1.3 million in donated medicines. Not all medicines on our clinic list are available this way but the large majority are, and the Lamp is able to purchase the rest.
Women's health clinic impact
- 65% of all patients at the Lamp Health Center are female
- 20-30 pregnant women come to the clinic each week
- New pregnant patients receive nine initial tests, including HIV, to detect existing conditions and to ensure the healthy development of the child.
- Approximately 70% of new patients at the women’s clinic test positive for genitourinary infection.
- Seventy percent (70%) of expectant mothers are anemic when they first come to the clinic.
- Prenatal vitamins, iron, and treatment of existing conditions are provided. A delivery kit is given to each expectant mother.
A growing child nutrition program
We expect that a minimum of 100 malnourished children will complete the child nutrition program this year. We added a dedicated nurse to supervise and expand this important, life-saving pediatric therapeutic food program in 2017. This program eliminates the many threats to a child’s development that are caused by malnutrition, and gives the child the strength to resist other health threats.
In 2017, 25 children received educational sponsorships through Lamp supporters; children who would not have been able to attend otherwise. For the coming school year, this has already expanded to 35+ children. All school fees are covered and sponsored children are provided with uniforms, shoes, school bags, textbooks, materials and tutoring.
We collaborate with the four schools located closest to the Lamp Health Center. We assist with teacher training opportunities, health education workshops, and other projects.
Community development is central to all we do
The Lamp employs an all-Haitian staff on principle, utilizing the tremendous skills that are available in the country while also augmenting these skills and thus empowering the Haitian health system as a whole.
The Lamp also seeks to employ persons from the immediate neighborhood of the clinic. Currently, 7 of 15 staff are from the local area. Also, we prioritize local labor in all of our physical improvement projects, providing as many local jobs as possible.
Public toilets and showers benefit everyone in the community.
Since 2011 a water purification system, installed by Lamp, has provided drinking water for an orphanage that houses 50 survivors of the 2010 earthquake. Gastrointestinal illnesses among the children dropped drastically immediately after installation.
The Community Health Worker program has made the clinic much more accessible to all members of the community. It provides much needed health education to the whole community in a personal, caring way.
A drainage canal, completed in 2017, has eliminated flooding in the neighborhood of the clinic, and greatly reduced mosquito breeding sites.
The Lamp is a vital community institution, where people gather and trust the care they receive. We are a peaceful oasis of caring and hope in a very difficult environment.