United de Lutte pour la Sante (ULS) translates to “Fighting Unit for Health,” and ULS Health Center has been doing just that since 2010 in Bande du Nord near Cap-Haitien. Many of the more than 25,000 people who live in the community rely on the clinic for the majority of their healthcare needs, and it serves an estimated 400 patients per month.
Konbit Sante provided funding and professional engineering consultation to build the health center on land that was donated by the community. Construction of the facility was completed in 2019, and was supplemented by a solar panel array the following year to provide power during electrical outages.
ULS Health Center provides general consultation, medicines, laboratory tests, immunizations, ready-to-use therapeutic foods for the treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition, family planning, and other services. It also provides outreach healthcare services to the community via a mobile clinic that visits remote areas to conduct medical exams, deliver healthcare education, provide vaccinations, and give referrals to the health center if patients require a greater degree of care.
Most of the clinic’s supplies and medicines are donated by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and nonprofit organizations such as Konbit Sante. The health center offers services whether patients can pay or not, and the staff often works on a volunteer basis when funding opportunities are low.