Haiti HOPES, formerly known as the Eastern Virginia Medical School Medical Brigades, partners medical students with attending physicians and residents to provide basic healthcare clinics and public health projects in Hinche, Haiti. The purpose of these trips is to serve the indigenous populations near Hinche, while continuing to foster ongoing relationships with these communities and EVMS. Services have included nutrition support, anti-parasite injections and a clean water project via the support of Lifesaver Systems, LTD. MPH students have also joined the trips, and have conducted a needs assessment for the local Maison Fortune orphanage. The program has also been successful in collecting information on the orphanage's children with the goal of maintaining up-to-date medical records to better provide ongoing care. Haiti HOPES aims to create an ongoing presence in Hinche, Haiti to improve the health of the children and adults in the town. One of its goals is to raise money to begin implementing an immunization program at the Maison Fortune orphanage, as insect and water-borne disease is prevalent in the region. Haiti HOPES has also sent students to an indigent clinic in nearby Azil to provide continuous care to other regional patients. Here, volunteers provide basic care and facilitate transport to those patients who need care beyond of the clinic's ability. Haiti HOPES is able to see hundreds of patients each visit and has an immeasurable impact on the health of the greater community.


    • Administrative Location

    • Student Affairs - Lewis Hall
      700 West Olney Road
      Norfolk, VA 23507
    • Project Location

    • Maison Fortuné Orphanage
      Hinche, Ha
    • Project Partner(s)

    • Lifesaver Systems LTD
    • Participant Eligibility

    • Faculty, Residents, Physicians, M1, M2, M3, M4, MPH
    • Project Categories

    • Clinical Service, Service Learning, Community Service
    • Project Scope

    • International
    • EVMS Department(s)

    • Student Affairs, Family and Community Medicine
    • Points of Contact