Grace Children’s Hospital, founded in 1967, is the flagship ministry of International Child Care. Grace Children’s Hospital is recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB). Each year, the hospital receives thousands of children who are suffering from TB, HIV and other diseases.
The hospital was severely damaged in the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. The inpatient facility was condemmed and demolished, and as of early 2011, patients were being cared for in transitional facilities. All the programs listed below have continued or expanded; even just days after the earthquake, world-class care continued at Grace Children's Hospital. A capital campaign to rebuild the hospital and continue to expand programs is underway. For more information about the earthquake, damage and plans to rebuild, please visit ICC USA's information here. The following information is for historical purposes only. Please contact ICC for current updates on our progress.
Children who are seriously ill are admitted to the sixty-bed inpatient ward, where they receive constant care from the hospital’s all-Haitian staff. Both children and adults can be treated at one of Grace Children’s Hospital’s many outpatient clinics. People living in the slums around the hospital receive vaccinations, prenatal care, and other basic health services from specially-trained community health workers and volunteers.
The staff members at Grace Children’s Hospital care for around 300 children a year on the hospital’s inpatient ward, which occupies most of the second floor of the building. During their stay, which averages three months, Grace Children’s Hospital provides a place of healing and solace to these suffering children.
The children receive excellent medical care from professional doctors and nurses, nutritious meals to help them grow healthy and strong, and comfort from the dedicated and loving mamans (nurses’ aides). Once a child is on the road to recovery, he or she can also attend school at the hospital. For some, this is the first and only time they will ever experience a formal education.
In Haiti, affordable health services for both children and adults are hard to come by. In response to this, International Child Care has offered outpatient clinics at Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince since the mid-1970s. The clinics provide diagnosis and treatment for diseases like TB and HIV, as well as offering preventative health care like eye exams and vaccinations.
The hospital pharmacy fills prescriptions on-site so patients can go home that day with the necessary medicines.
Outpatient services include:
- Pediatric and Adult TB Treatment
- HIV/AIDS Counseling and Treatment Services
- General Pediatric Clinic
- State-of-the-Art Eye Clinic
- Reproductive Health Services
- Nutrition Clinic
As with all of Grace Children’s Hospital’s programs, fees for outpatient services are determined by a sliding scale based on the patient’s income. No one is ever turned away because they are unable to pay.
Urban Community Health
Urban Community Health is an outreach program of Grace Children’s Hospital that brings primary health care and education to residents of Port-au-Prince right in their own neighborhoods.
Programs of Urban Community Health include:
- Immunization and Vitamin A Distribution
- Reproductive Health Services
- Traditional Birth Attendant Training
- Literacy Training
- Oral Rehydration Therapy and Clean Water Initiatives
- Health Education
Working alongside the people in the community, International Child Care has achieved impressive results by linking community-based health promotion and illness prevention with hospital and clinic-based care.