The Centre Medical de Delmas 31, a general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology clinic located in Port au Prince, Haiti, is in critical need of reliable electric power. The Foundation seeks donations to eliminate the clinic’s reliance on costly, eco-unfriendly diesel generator for electricity with solar power that will prevent power disruptions that undermine patient treatment.
The Centre was founded by one of Haiti’s most prominent physicians, Dr. Jean Ro Piard, who also hosts of a popular television show on Channel 11 in Port au Prince. The clinic uniquely provides free medical care to patients who can’t afford to pay daily from 8 – 11 a.m. The Centre’s staff volunteers to go on the Foundation’s mobile medical missions to provide healthcare to underserved countryside communities.
The Centre receives utility power a few hours a day or sometimes none at all. Consequently, the clinic uses its backup diesel generator as its primary source of electricity. Among the drawbacks of the clinic’s reliance on the diesel generator is that it alone simply cannot provide failsafe power, it’s too expensive to operate round-the clock, and throws computerized diagnostic and sensitive electronic equipment out of whack. Uninterrupted electrical power is also critical to the Centre’s ability to maintain its laboratory or store medications that must be maintained at certain temperatures in its refrigerator.
The Foundation seeks donations to purchase 24 solar panels, a charger controller, batteries, supplies and installation costs.