Your donation to the UMass Medical School DR BHI will help support the urgent acute needs due to food insecurity during COVID-19 in the bateysOngoing work is continuing by collaborating virtually with our local partners working on the ground in the DR:
• Local training and day-to-day work of our dedicated community health promoters who serve as the essential bridge between the four bateys and the local health care system to ensure access to medical care for all batey residents.
• Healthcare screening, disease prevention, and health education programs through non-profit groups working in the bateys year-round. Ongoing programs include hypertension management in partnership with Fundación Enciende una Luz (Light a Candle Foundation).
• Coordination of care and assistance for the most ill and vulnerable batey patients by local partner groups. Common conditions include acute emergencies, chronic illnesses such as hypertension, infectious diseases, and malnutrition and the special needs of frail elders, pregnant women and infants.
• Expanded student participation in trips to the DR, is currently not feasible until the pandemic is over while virtual participation is ongoing. However, contributions made can support to support student project work being done virtually with local partners for COVID related needs and food insecurity such as the child nutrition programAll our work is done in close collaboration with our local partners in La Romana with a focus on health care education, sustainable resource development, health promotion and disease prevention.
Each dollar of your donation will directly benefit the local batey communities and their residents that we serve.Thank you for your generous support! If you have questions or would like to learn more about the UMass DR BHI program, please contact the person who referred you to this site or email@example.com.