Santiago, Dominican Republic.- On behalf of the United States Government, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Nelson Arboleda, delivered two mobile clinics to Dominican institutions that offer community health and HIV / AIDS services in the provinces of Santiago and Puerto Plata.
The event was held in the El Platanal community in Santiago and was attended by Dr. Nelson Rodríguez Monegro, Director of the National Health Service, Dr. José Puello, Deputy Minister of Collective Health, representing Dr. Altagracia Guzmán Marcelino, Minister of Public Health; Wendy Alba, Director of PSI / SFH in the Dominican Republic; and Dr. Austria de la Rosa, Manager of the Norcentral Regional Service. On behalf of the beneficiaries of the clinics, a testimony was given by Mr. Jacob Valcimond.
These mobile clinics, under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which have two rooms for family medicine and a laboratory, will visit rural communities with limited health services access in the provinces of Santiago and Puerto Plata. The services are part of a complete care package that includes: general consultation, children and women’s care, screening and prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases; laboratory testing, HIV tests and care, and introduction of treatments under the test and initiation strategy.
The project is implemented by Population Services International (PSI), through its local subsidiary Society for Family Health (SFH), under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Service, through a technical collaboration alliance between the Regional Health Service Norcentral, the Juan XXIII hospital in Santiago and the Center for Promotion and Human Solidarity (CEPROSH) in Puerto Plata.
Through the donation of these two mobile clinics, the United States Government reaffirms its commitment to continued collaboration to promote new health and well-being opportunities for communities; their families and people in a dignified and inclusive manner.