Community Overview: Located in the western part of the country, Elias Piňa is one of 31 provinces of the Dominican Republic. It has the most underdeveloped economy in the country and is considered the poorest province, with 83.2% of its population living in extreme poverty. Here, the child mortality rate is significantly higher than most of the other regions in the Dominican Republic.
Service Area Population: Approximately 72,000 people.
Project Partner: Hospital Rosa Duarte, Elias Piňa
Hospital Rosa Duarte is a government hospital located in the rural community of Elias Piña. The hospital is managed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is the only hospital in the area providing services in general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, emergency care, surgery, dentistry, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV. The Hospital Rosa Duarte also works with primary care clinics (called Unidades de Atención Primaria or UNAPs) within the Elias Piña communities. These primary care clinics provide basic services and follow up to patients in their service area, but refer complicated cases to the hospital.
Project Overview: Medicines for Humanity (MFH) collaborates with Hospital Rosa Duarte to build the capacity of the hospital’s health staff, including doctors, nurses and community health workers (CHWs). CHWs are people from the community trained by MFH to support those who need health services. The program will increase training and support of the existing 19 CHWs, and will recruit, train and equip an additional 12 CHWs during the course of the five-year grant period. Additionally, the program will help to identify and treat malnourished pregnant women to reduce the number of infants born with low birth weights, a factor contributing to early infant deaths. The goal of this program is to significantly reduce infant and maternal mortality while also improving the health of pregnant women and infants in Elias Piňa. This project is supported by a grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Since 2003, the Players Trust has partnered with MFH to provide effective and transformative healthcare to children and pregnant women to prevent and reduce needless child deaths in the DR and around the world.