Our Savior’s is supporting Ministry in Medical Missions (MMM). MMM is a non-profit supported by a group of area churches which works with a Doctor in the village of Limbe’ in Haiti. Dr. Emmanuel Mareus, affectionately known as Dr. Manno, received his medical training in the Dominican Republic and then returned to his home village to serve the community he loves where he grew up. 80 % of the rural population in Haiti live in dire poverty. The average per capital income is $350/year, with many living on income below that level. Dr. Manno has a heart for his people and particularly for his diabetic patients. He provides an amazing amount of free care and supplies for those who simply have no means to pay. He has a three tier payment system at his clinic: 1. If you can afford to pay, this is the cost. 2. If you cannot pay the whole bill, please pay what you can. 3. If you simply cannot afford the care you need, Dr. Manno puts the bill under “agape” (love) and asks that when you can, you pay back in whatever way you can.
MMM joins with Dr. Manno once a year in providing mobile clinics in villages surrounding Limbe’. Dr. Manno and pastors in the area organize the clinics. Through these clinics many children in the area are treated for various parasites, heart and diabetic patients get an annual screening and patients with whatever injuries or conditions appear on the clinic day are treated as best we can. Those who need more follow-up care are welcomed at Dr. Manno’s Limbe’ clinic. Donations to MMM go toward providing the supplies and medications needed to support these clinics. Item provided include ibuprofen, treatments for lice and scabies, antibiotics, wound care supplies, medications for high blood pressure and diabetes. MMM also supports a fund to help supply year around diabetic supplies for Dr. Manno’s patients who cannot afford these.
Mary Krohn from our congregation was part of the February 2017 MMM team and plans to go again soon.
If you have interest in participating in one of the mission trips, contact the church office or Mary Krohn. Any and all financial support is greatly appreciated for this on-going mission.
Find their website here: MMMHaitiMN.org
Joan Guite is one of the founding members and an RN working with MMM. She has passed on the following note and request:
Ministry in Medical Missions is a local, grass root, non-profit organization that has had an on-going 12 year working relationship with Dr. Manno at his clinic in Limbe’, Haiti. We collect unopened medical supplies and send them on to Dr. Manno, as we have been unable to make our annual trip due to civil unrest and Covid.
We are most interested at this time for wound care supplies.
If you or someone you know has wound care supplies that are no longer needed, please consider donating them to us. We do take outdated dressings and wound cleansers if they are only outdated one year. Please contact me at 218-485-1903 .
Thank you so much,
Joan Guite RN