St. Damien’s is the country’s only hospital specializing in medical care for children. Most patients admitted are malnourished. With inpatient and outpatient facilities, the hospital includes 24/7 emergency services, a dedicated intensive care center, operating units, and a unit for infectious diseases with specialist departments for tuberculosis, cholera, or cardiovascular conditions. The hospital has a unique pediatric cancer ward that gives Haiti’s disadvantaged children access to chemotherapy, and there are special obstetric facilities for high-risk pregnancies and a dedicated neonatal unit. Laboratory facilities, a dental unit, and a special kitchen complement the very special facilities of St. Damien’s Hospital.
An important offshoot of St. Damien’s is the Public Health Center, the specialist center for vaccinations, public health education, and HIV/AIDS care. Working in partnership with the Bernard Mevs hospital and the Université de Notre Dame d’Haiti, a three-year pediatrician training program was introduced as part of the medical training curriculum in 2013. The program works in cooperation with well-known hospital providers in the United States and Europe. The partners are committed to establishing and maintaining medical standards and training the medical staff of St. Damien’s. In 2018 alone, nph Haiti provided more than 80,000 treatments.
nph (nuestros pequeños hermanos - our little brothers and sisters) was founded in 1954 by Padre William Wasson in Mexico. nph Kinderhilfe Lateinamerika e. V. was founded in 1985 and is located in Karlsruhe and Berlin, Germany.
nph creates life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and youth living in extreme conditions. Through a comprehensive approach that embraces the whole child, nph supports children to become independent, caring adults who give back to their communities – shaping better futures for themeselves, their families and their world.
nph is based in nine Latin American countries and supports more than 3.000 children and youth on their way to lead an independent and self-determined life.