Haiti's poverty contributes to most of its health related problems. A study conducted in 2006 found that the single greatest factor determining whether a Haitian person would visit a doctor was based on their income. Patients with low incomes are less likely to visit a doctor than patients with higher annual incomes. The fact remains that a large number of Haitian people cannot afford to see a doctor or purchase the medications they need. This inability to receive adequate healthcare leads to many health-related problems including a high infant mortality rate and widespread infectious disease. There is approximately 1 physician for every 4,000 citizens living in Haiti. Comparatively, in the state of Florida there is approximately 1 physician for every 411 citizens. This means that in order for a Haitian doctor to spend the same amount of time with his patients as an America doctor would, he would have to work almost 10 times harder than his American counterpart. That is simply not feasible, and from this one can begin to see how the Haitian people are not receiving adequate care. Haitian Med Relief was founded to provide the medications needed for the Haitian people who are unable to afford the medicine they need. HMR partners with organizations like People For Haiti in bringing the donated medications directly to Haitian medical clinics.
"In my conversations with doctors and nurses, they articulated the lack of resources found in Haiti during their trips. I wanted to create an organization where pharmaceutical companies could donate medications that would be sent directly to Haiti. This organization gives healthcare professionals who are not able to travel to Haiti an opportunity to make a difference in the life of an underserved person. We are currently accepting medications with the goal of accepting cash donations in the future. Haitian Med Relief is a non-profit organization that donates one hundred percent of the proceeds directly to Haitian Medical Clinics."
-Joseph Staffetti, Founder & Director