Dominican Republic Health and Language Project

Rural Clinic

DR HELP is a not-for-profit organization comprised of UF physicians, and select medical and pharmacy nursing students. The group travels annually to the Dominican Republic on humanitarian medical outreach trips.Our primary aim, as DR HELP, is to provide much needed healthcare to areas in abject poverty on this developing island nation. To this end, we have set up clinics in villages surrounding Jarabacoa, the poor inner region of the island. In these clinics, we provide free medical care, education, and medications to a population that has severely limited access to health care. Last year, we provided medical care to nearly 1,200 individuals, while distributing thousands of dollars worth of medications and health care supplies (antibiotics, vitamins, anti-parasitics, anti-fungals, analgesics, eyeglasses, toothbrushes).

DR HELP represents a tremendous humanitarian effort to serve the neediest people of the Dominican Republic. It also provides an unparalleled educational experience for medical and pharmacy students interested in international medicine. Since this project is funded entirely through the efforts of UF medical students, any contributions to our project are greatly beneficial and deeply appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our project.

Every year Dr. Hoelle participated in the Dominica Republic Health and Language Project. For one week a group of Medical Students and physicians volunteer their time and provide basic health care to 5 different rural communities. Some rural clinics in the DR have no electricity, and most patients travel by foot or donkey.

For more information, please see the DR HELP website.