Gambade is a small village, which sits in the rugged mountainous region of Grande-Rivière-du-Nord in Northern Haiti. The nearest hospital is 10 kilometers away through mountainous regions, and in rainy season the roads are impassable, making it impossible to get adequate medical care.
The "Together with Haiti" group was formed by members of the Compass Point Bible Church in Burlington to help establish a permanent medical clinic in Gambade. In November 2016, working with EMAS Canada, and the Gambade Medical Clinic Project Support Team, a team of medical professionals completed an exploratory visit to the area. The purpose of this trip 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, the vision is that an EMAS team will engage for the long-term in capacity building, through training of national staff and improvement of services and through ongoing professional development.
The construction and equipping stages are complete, with the next stage being hiring of staff-- including field workers, doctors, nurses, and support staff- with a funding goal of $50,000 CDN annually to meet the day to day staffing needs.