In 1997, Dr. Maureen Murphy of Baraboo, Wisconsin traveled with two nurse practitioners to rural Thiotte, Haiti and was saddened by the vast amount of medical attention people needed. Everywhere Dr. Murphy looked she saw people with ailments.
It was obvious the community and surrounding area had limited access to health care. At the time, the local population was served by one traveling Haitian doctor. That one Haitian doctor visited Thiotte once per month - to try to serve over 20,000 people.
Dr. Murphy also witnessed a community filled with love, respect, gratitude and pride. The medical need and shared community values motivated Dr. Murphy to commit her time and resources.
HMMW volunteers recognize that our efforts must be a partnership with the local Haitians to succeed. During HMMW trip visits, Haitian medical professionals partner with HMMW volunteers to share approaches, techniques, treatments, and protocol. When HMMW volunteers are not present, a team of local Haitian health care providers are supported in the clinic HMMW opened in 2002. This approach ensures we learn from each other; and build a system that endures.
“I receive more than I give by caring for the people of Thiotte.”
- Dr. Maureen Murphy
WHAT WE DO ...
SURGERY, EYE, DENTAL & PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AS HAITIANS DETERMINE THEIR OWN DESTINY