Approximately 1.6 million people live in both urban and rural Santiago, and approximately 41% live below the poverty line. The need for affordable medical care in the Dominican is paramount. The public hospital system requires patients to pay for their own medical supplies, procedures, and medications. This is an expense that the majority of individuals living at poverty level cannot afford, and therefore many people in the region suffer and even die, from conditions that would otherwise be easily treatable.
Mission: GO Medical provides affordable medical care with dignity in local communities, striving to meet physical and spiritual needs.
GO Medical has three components:
- GO Medical Center
- GO Mobile Clinics
- Health Education & Prevention
GO Medical Center
Our Level 1 clinic in Hoya del Caimito, Santiago serves hundreds in the community and receives and treats patients from over 40 other communities GO partners in. Each patient pays a mere 50 pesos, the equivalent of $1 US, to be seen by the doctor and receive any needed medicines, lab testing, wound care, splints, or injections. In 2017, the clinic served nearly 4,000 patients in our former building. Now that we have grown into our new space so graciously built in collaboration with American partners, we are annually seeing over 7,000 patients … and that number is growing!
Our Medical Center has 3 floors. The first floor is our daily medical clinic. Along with providing basic medical services, the medical clinic offers specialized services such as dental and basic eye care and provides managed care for chronic conditions. The center is equipped with four examination rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a dental room, and a minor procedure room. We are looking to add an optometry space in the near future.
The second floor provides private rooms to host visiting medical personnel who can provide specialized care. The third-floor houses dormitory space to facilitate visiting medical teams that travel from the states to serve in the Dominican Republic.
GO Mobile Clinics
One of the best ways we can assist our church planters and local partners in outreach, is to provide mobile medical clinics in their communities. This meets a tangible need for many while also giving our local leaders an opportunity to meet people, develop relationships, and build the people’s trust. In partnership with North American medical professionals, thousands of urban and rural poor are served each year through GO mobile clinics. These 2-3 day clinics travel to our communities, and evaluate and treat the sick providing free medications and vitamins. In 2019, 6,700 patients were treated through mobile clinics. While we host basic medical teams, we can also facilitate “dual-purpose” teams using medical as well as other community development outreach pieces to love on our church plants even more. To lead a medical team, click here.
In our Medical Clinic, basic health education videos are played daily for our patients on topics such as diabetes, healthy eating, and dental care. This is a way for us to share basic knowledge that can help our community members feel more confident in their health-related decisions. Opportunities for health education in partnership with local hospitals and local churches also arise on a monthly basis. The GO Medical staff and visiting medical professionals prepare presentations to educate fellow medical professionals and offer specialized preventative education to those in the community.
How You Can Help
We know that we are stronger together. Be a part of making a Global Medical Impact by being a part of our team!
Support our Team: GO Medical Partnership Team
For only $3,000/month, 10 professionals are able to serve the sick each day at the clinic. Become a part of our GO Medical Partnership Team by supporting their efforts monthly. One way to do that is to donate monthly to support one of our staff positions. You can do this for any amount monthly, or commit to donating a shift at your workplace at each month in order to provide support for our Doctors and Nurses. We would love for you to watch the video below and consider making a global impact through staff partnership. Join our team today!
Bring a Team: GO Medical Mission Team
Recruit medical professionals who long to make a global difference! These 2-3 day clinics travel to impoverished communities to evaluate and treat the sick providing free medications and vitamins. Working with our local leaders allows you to make a lasting difference through offering your medical expertise. Medical professionals such as physicians, practitioners, nurses, medical students, therapists, etc. can serve together on a comprehensive team alongside non-medical team members who serve in the pharmacy and prayer areas. Get a glimpse of the impact your Medical Mission Team can make by watching this video below. Find out more information here.
Purchase Medications: GO Medical Medicine Team
With more medicines we are able to treat more patients. One-time or recurring gifts help us purchase much needed medications and conduct Saturday mobile clinics with our Dominican team, even when American teams are not able to be here. Help us purchase much needed medications here.