Right after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, leaders from the First Baptist Church of Pernier (Pastor Jude Roseau and his wife Yanick Roseau), along with Haitian and American missionaries from Tennessee and Alabama (Garlene Andre Malivert, Chris Keylon, Greg Roberts), responded to the needs for relief care in Haiti by providing care, food, and medications at the First Baptist Church of Pernier and conducting mobile clinics in the surrounding neighborhoods.
In February 2010, they placed a fixed clinic at Pernier, where Haitian and American doctors and nurses provided care at no charge to victims of the quake and other patients.
From March until August 2010, ProVision Foundation (in Knoxville, TN) facilitated the use of a private plane from one of its supporters to bring on a weekly basis medical team and supplies to the Pernier clinic.
After August 2010, Haitian clinical staff has been assuring patients’ care at the Pernier Clinic, especially Dr. Markens Exume and Macmy Saint Hilaire (Obgyn). By the end of 2010, a lab providing basic exams was added to the Pernier Clinic.
In September 2010, ProVision/HaitiServe assited clinic volunteers in Boston (Garlene Andre Malivert and Mario Malivert) in incorporating Repheka Haiti as a non-for-profit organization, to support the Pernier clinic, expand its services, and develop a comprehensive community preventive and primary care project.
Repheka Haiti obtained its determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service in February 2011 and started receiving operating funding from HaitiServe for the Pernier Clinic. Before then, these funds used to transit through Tabernacle Baptist Congregation, in Roslindale, MA.
In June 2011, ProVision/HaitiServe approved a proposal for expanding the services of the Pernier Clinic, placing a fixed clinic in Carrefour Feuilles (southern outskirt of Port-au-Prince), and developing health education and community outreach programs.
The expanded grant also includes funding for Mario Malivert and Garlene Andre Malivert to work on a full-time basis in Haiti to implement the goals and objectives of Repheka Haiti.
In October 2011, the Repheka Clinic of Carrefour Feuilles opened its door to the inhabitants of impoverished and densely populated neighborhoods. With its low cost services and free medications policy, before long the Repheka Clinic has become the most frequented community health center of the area.
August 2011-September 2013
In August 2011 until September 2013, we have recruited and training 10 community members of Pernier and Carrefour Feuilles in health education and promotion.
In February 2013, we have begun conducting monthly mobile clinic at the Camp Acra (Delmas 33) and sporadic clinics in other locations of the country.
By the grace of God, and with the support of ProVision/HaitiServe, we have continued
expanding our services (pelvic ultrasound, hand-held ultrasound, EKG, x-ray, etc.),
lab exams, and medications.
We’re actively working on strengthening our structures and capacities. The goal of transforming the Repheka clinics into comprehensive community health centers is within our reach.