The history of the Haitian Health Foundation began in 1982 with a trip to Port-au-Prince by Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney, a Connecticut orthodontist, who traveled to Haiti to provide free dental care.
In 1985, after working for three years in Port-au-Prince and other areas of Haiti with Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity, Mother Teresa requested that Dr. Lowney move his small outreach to the rural city of Jérémie. This southwestern area of Haiti suffers a dearth of health care.
HHF has established a stable and responsive preventive and curative health care system and development programs in one of the poorest area of Haiti. In addition to the city of Jérémie, HHF provides support to over 100 rural mountain villages in the Grand’Anse.
HHF is proud of an overhead of less than 9 cents for every dollar donated ~ over 91% of funds collected go directly to programs and services.
These efforts have evolved over the last 30 years to what it is now a primary health care delivery outpatient clinic serving over 100,000 patients per year, an outstanding community health promotion and outreach program to mountain and remote villages, the construction of houses and latrines for many poor families and the elderly, goat distribution, feeding facilities, finance primary and secondary education, and many other programs.
HHF brings healthcare services, education, and sustainable development to a population of over 225,000 people in over 100 rural mountain villages. There still so much to do, but HHF continues to change lives ~ one person at a time.