What We Do
Project Haiti is an interdisciplinary medical mission trip of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Florida College of Medicine and Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Every spring break since 1996 we have provided free healthcare to people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We are a medical student run 501c(3) non-profit organization.
Who goes on the trip?
Our team, usually about 30 people strong, is typically comprised of UF physicians, medical students, pharmacists and pharmacy students, dentists, and dental students. We usually take internists, family medicine doctors, Ob-Gyns, pediatricians, and adult critical care physicians along with comprehensive pharmacy and dental teams.
What does Project Haiti do?
During our week, we run 5-6 full days of free clinics, both at our base at HCM and via mobile clinic, while also visiting several orphanages to provide health maintenance and acute care. We see approximately 4,000 patients in the span of only 6 days. In order to provide sustainable care, we work with an established NGO on the ground in Haiti which coordinates traveling medical groups in order to provide consistent long term care to patients.
Who funds the trip?
While we receive a small amount of funding from the university, we raise almost all of our money ourselves. Our fundraising events, auctions, and painting sales must go on year-round to reach our goals. The money raised sends our medical team down to Haiti for the week and allows us to purchase medical supplies and medications which go directly to the patients we care for. Most importantly, we rely on our many generous patrons who, like ourselves, feel a kinship to those in need.
Each year has been a little bit different, as we adapt based on the needs of the country.