Plaine du Nord lies in the valley, south of Cap Haitien and below the Massif Du Nord mountain range. This is the location where Dr. Eugene Maklin and Haiti Mission Branch du Nord (HMBN) have constructed a desperately needed hospital to serve the 250,000 underserved people in the region. Dr. Maklin, a native Haitian, runs several health clinics and also a microfinance organization – all to help the people of Haiti. He strives to bring those living in Haiti out of poverty to ensure long-lasting and healthy lives.
View a map of the community. Read about our first assessment trip.
The health needs in Plaine du Nord are great - with a variety of preventable and treatable diseases such as AIDS, cholera, typhoid, malaria, chikungunya and cancers. Prior to to the New Hope Hospital's construction, the sick took an expensive, dangerous and pounding journey on poorly constructed roads to distant hospitals to receive care. As a result, many went untreated and suffer unnecessarily.
The health problems in Haiti are extreme. Infant mortality remains high at 56 deaths per 1,000 births. Maternal mortality rate is 630 deaths per 10,000 births. This is the highest rate of infant, under-five, and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere. The hospital provides health services for the following communities: Plaine-Du-Nord, Morne Rouge, the city of the Acul-Du-Nord, Grisongarde, Grand Ravine, Coup a David, Mornet, La bruyère, Camp Louise, Robillard, and Soufriere. It provides access to specialized health services, particularly for children under five years old and young mothers.
Assessment Trip - January 2016
Information on the hospital, community, and neighboring communities of Plaine Du-Nord was collected during HWP’s assessment trip of January 2016. Verbal and written surveys were conducted with locals in an effort to understand their lives better and to ultimately get a better grasp on the specific health needs of the communities we would be serving.
It was determined quickly that polluted water was a concern of everyone we interviewed. Along with collecting surveys HWP analyzed aquifer characteristics of the Plaine Du-Nord hospital wells.
Prior to the assessment trip the team understood that three wells had been drilled but there was no knowledge on which well would provide the cleanest and largest amounts of water. After conducting step drawdown tests and collecting water samples for MPO testing (Microscopic Particulate Analysis testing) HWP also took notes on the hospital itself and the surrounding area for future structural, stormwater and wastewater designs.
Implementation Trip - September 2016
For Phase I of the implementation, Haiti Water Partners designed a treatment system and reliable well pump for the New Hope Hospital.
In mid-September, a Haiti Water Partners team installed a well pump and chlorination system at the New Hope Hospital.
For Phase II, HWP is designing a more advanced water system for the hospital.