After years of preparation, prayers, and determination, the Danita’s Children Medical Center opened its doors in the fall of 2013, to begin servicing the children of the Hope for Haiti Children’s Center, as well as the children of the surrounding region. With this three-story, 17,000 square foot medical facility, doctors and dentists are able to currently perform outpatient primary medical and dental care, diagnose patients with on-site radiology and lab equipment, and treat patients with an on-site pharmacy. In addition to primary care, surgical and inpatient care will be available, as well as health awareness education programs, which will be implemented to inform the community on how to prevent disease and better care for themselves daily.
The Danita’s Children Medical Center is a place of hope for the parents and children where they not only receive physical and medical care, but an opportunity to experience the love of Christ and have emotional and spiritual needs met as well.
The medical center’s operations are sponsored by and operated under the direction of the Gulf Coast Ministry Market which is part of the largest faith based/not-for-profit health system, Ascension Health.
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“One day I will build a medical center, by the grace of God, where children will come and will not need to die alone,”
- Danita Estrella Watts, Founder and CEO of Danita’s Children.
In Haiti, it is not uncommon for children to die before reaching their 5th birthday, mostly from preventable illnesses. Shortly after giving her life to rescue, love and serve orphans and impoverished children in Haiti, Danita Estrella Watts watched as three young children, abandoned by their families because of their battle with HIV/AIDS, took their last breaths. In the room of a public hospital, Danita vowed that day to one day build a medical center where children and villagers alike could gain access to receive benevolent, professional medical treatment and care to help break the cycle of early and preventable death.
“Even before the January 2010 earthquake, 40 percent of the Haitian population had no access to basic health services, the infant mortality rate in Haiti was the highest in the Americas, and tuberculosis rates were the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti’s chronic malnutrition indicators ranked among the worst in the Latin American and Caribbean region, with 32 percent of children malnourished; and Haiti’s 2.2 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence was the second highest in the region. The earthquake devastated much of Haiti’s health infrastructure, destroying and damaging many clinics and hospitals, disabling thousands of people, and initially displacing 1.5 million to camps, with elevated risks of communicable diseases.”
- USAID Global Health report, Haiti, 2013.