Since 1999, parishioners from the Catholic Churches of St. Benedict (Duluth, GA) and St. Monica (Suwanee, GA) have been traveling to Hinche, Haiti to provide medical and financial assistance to the poor and underserved of this area. In concert with Father Jean-Navarre Bourdeau, the pastor of Sacre Coeur Church in Hinche, the parish families of St. Benedict and St. Monica annually send a team of physicians, nurses and other staff to attend to the healthcare needs of this community. As Medical Director and annual physician participant, I have been very fortunate to witness the tremendous help this trip has been to our Haitian friends.
The Catholic Church of Saint Monica currently mounts three medical missions per year to Hinche Haiti. The largest medical mission takes place in February, with smaller missions in June and October. Each year, more than one thousand patients are seen at the Parish of Sacre Coeur by our dedicated doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists and support staff. Many of our patients walk for hours or even days for the chance to be seen by an American doctor.
Our medical staff treats a wide range of maladies ranging from malnutrition and parasite infections to high blood pressure and diabetes.
Our dental staff relieves a lot of misery by performing hundreds of extractions and restorations. In recent years, the construction of the Whitney Clinic within the Sacre Coeur compound has allowed for excellent follow-up care by our capable Haitian doctor, Hudson Pierre, and his staff after our teams have returned home. We hope to soon employ a Haitian dentist as well to man the dental suite within the Whitney Clinic.
- Dr. Jim Toth