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medi for help uses donations to help people in crisis areas by giving back quality of life to people by making medical products such as artificial legs, medical compression garments and orthopedic supports and braces available. medi for help also works to provide improvements in clinical care, training and education by helping to send medical professionals to areas in need.

In addition to the ongoing efforts in Haiti, medi for help is reaching out across the Caribbean and Central America to assist thousands of people in need of medical care.

Over 97% of all monies within medi for help go directly to the charitable works.

Mission

medi for help is a nonprofit organization lending sustainable assistance to people in crisis areas by providing improvements in clinical care, medical training and education.

Goals

  • Raise $5 million in financial support over the next 10 years to fund the development of new Lymphatic Filariasis clinics, wound clinics and prosthetic clinics around the world.
  • Donate $2 million in financial support to sustain the Lymphatic Filariasis clinic in Leogone, Haiti for the next 10 years.
  • To provide the medical compression supplies needed  to treat chronic wounds, venous disease and Lymphatic Filariasis.
  • To send volunteers to Haiti and beyond to work alongside local clinicians at our prosthetic, wound and Filariasis clinics.

Where medi for help began

On January 12, 2010, over 220,000 people perished and more than 300,000 people were injured when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. In response to this disaster, medi joined international aid efforts assisting with prosthetics. A few weeks later, this project led to the formation of medi for help, a charitable organization with the mission    of helping those in need of medical care. 

Six years later, medi for help’s efforts have expanded in Haiti to prosthetics and medical compression for chronic wound treatment and Lymphedema.  medi for help works with St. Vincent P-O lab in Port-au-Prince and the medi Lab in Artibonite for prosthetics, the wound clinic at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the Lymphatic Filariasis Clinic in Leogane at Hosptial Sainte Croix, Hackett Hemwall Foundation 

in LaCeiba, Honduras and Amigos de Salud Foundation in Nicaragua.  

medi for help uses donations to help those in crisis areas by giving back quality of life to people by making medical products such as artificial legs, medical compression garments and orthopedic supports and braces available. medi for help also works to provide improvements in clinical care, training and education by helping to send medical professionals to areas in need.   

What is lymphatic filariasis?

Lymphatic Filariasis is a Lymphedema caused by a parasite. The parasite is deposited into the lymph system through infected mosquitos and the bites often occur during childhood. Severe lymphedema, commonly referred to as elephantiasis, develops as the parasite invades the host’s lymphatic system leading to visible signs of the disease later in life.  Lymphedema of the limbs and genitals coupled with periodic acute attacks lead to a life time of suffering for these victims as there is no known cure for Lymphatic Filarisis.

Over 1.3 billion people worldwide are at risk of contracting Lymphatic Filariasis. It is an epidemic in 83 countries; Haiti being one of them. Eighty- eight percent of Haiti is part of a risk zone for Lymphatic Filariasis. 

Léogâne is the Lymphatic Filariasis risk center in Haiti with a population of 250,000. There are more than 12,000 patients infected.

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  • Donate money
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  • Donate your time

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