Global Health Volunteer: Restauración, Dominican Republic
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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FIMRC's project site in the Dominican Republic serves the community of Restauracion, which shares a border with the Haitian village of Tilori, unfortunately lending itself to the transmission of many infectious diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis. A little more than half of the country lives in poverty and health trends show that incidence of infectious disease is declining, while the prevalence of chronic non-communicable disease is on the rise. The population of Tilori is unofficial, but ranges in the thousands, and these people are making the 12km trek to the municipal hospitals in Restauracion.
There are 5 rural clinics in the municipality of Restauracion supported by the public health system. The problem is the public health system covers treatment for documented Dominican citizens, which allows marginalized communities with no health education to fall through the cracks and die from treatable diseases such as malnutrition and diarrhea. Less than 3% of public spending is received by the health sector, which creates under qualified personnel and inadequate systems and resources.
The common health problems in the area are readily treatable with preventative measures, education initiatives and continuous healthcare monitoring. Coupled with these medical issues are equally persistent social problems--the absence of clean water and sanitation facilities, absent or overcrowded schools, underemployment, and overwhelming poverty. In the face of these obstacles, FIMRC and its volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of Dominican and Haitian citizens alike.
As a volunteer, health education will target areas such as reproductive health, AIDS awareness, pre natal care and many other vital health care topics. They will be implemented with women’s’ groups and local schools.
FIMRC's Global Health Volunteer Program is open to volunteers of all ages and educational or professional backgrounds. We accept individual and group volunteers year round!
About Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
1518 Walnut St., Suite 1504, Philadelphia, PA 19102, US
Our mission is to provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world.
We work to accomplish our mission in the following ways:ACCESS
First and foremost, we look at access to healthcare. Can our community members easily get to a clinic? What do they do in case of an emergency? In areas where no clinical services are available, we work with the community to build out the necessary infrastructure to improve access. Whether it be the construction of our own clinic or modifying a building within the community, we work to ensure that the communities we serve have the ability to seek a healthcare professional.EDUCATION
Another major focus of our work is preventative health. We work hard to integrate into our communities to address local needs and launch outreach programs. We listen to our community members, the Ministry of Health and other major organizations in the communities where we work and build health education programs based on the feedback.
A key component of our success is participation. Participation from community members is vital, as we ask the community to work alongside us in improving health in the communities in which we work.
We also believe in participation from the global community. That's why FIMRC engages volunteers from all walks of life to participate in our programs. The Global Health Volunteer Program, Chaptership Program and Internship Program are all ways in which we hope to inspire the global community to help improve the health of those that we serve.
Through determination and the belief that all children deserve health, FIMRC declares itself as a major force in the delivery of healthcare worldwide - one clinic and one child at a time.
FIMRC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.
FIMRC is a self-sustainable organization with project related funding provided from business operations - the Global Health Volunteer Program engages approximately 800 individuals annually who volunteer their time abroad and make a contribution in exchange for the experience FIMRC provides. Over 90% of FIMRC’s revenue is derived from our volunteer program.
FIMRC was founded in 2002, is incorporated in Washington, DC and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The FIMRC team includes over 3,000 dedicated staff and volunteers worldwide who provide the leadership and support necessary to achieve our mission of improving access to health care for children in underserved communities.