Family Health Ministries

Family Health Ministries

We support Haitian communities in their efforts to build and sustain healthy families by developing best health care practices to share across Haiti and other low-resource communities.

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Scientific/ Research and Development
  • Implementer
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • International non-governmental organization (INGO)


1921 North Pointe Drive, Suite 200 
Durham, NC 27705

T : 919-352-5500
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Organization Mission

At Family Health Ministries, we pursue a dream of building healthy families, healthy communities by developing long-term relationships with people and communities ‘in need’.

We believe that true relationships do not develop unless we make the time to listen and learn.  Once we become friends who trust and care about one another, we gain insights into each other’s needs, hopes and desires.
Our work is directed by the goals of local communities and implemented by the local people who are motivated to see their own lives improve. We have learned that when projects become challenging and we continue to work together, our relationships grow in confidence and trust, and then real progress begins.

We invite you to join us and discover that wealth and happiness do not come from self-centered goals; instead they come from caring, other-centered, long-term relationships.

– FHM’s Founder and Board Chairman, David Walmer, MD, PhD

  • Faith-based: We serve because we are called.
  • Community-directed: Our priorities come from those we serve.
  • Outcome-focused: We measure results and adjust our approach.
  • Partnership-oriented: We work together to provide critical resources.
  • Relationship-driven: Our lives are profoundly changed when we step into the lives of others.


  • Long-term supportive relationships with Haitian leaders.
  • Donors, partners and volunteers sharing and promoting FHM’s mission.
  • Sufficient funds, staff and facilities to help community leaders implement their goals.
  • An independent, self-sustaining Haitian-run infrastructure.

Area of Focus

Healthcare: Healthcare programs are Family Health Ministries’ primary focus. FHM provides a variety of programs including family health, women’s health, and children’s health. We are currently operate a clinic in the Blanchard Community (Port-au-Prince) and are in the final stages of construction of a birthing center in the Fondwa mountain region.

Research: Family Health Ministries’ unique strategy in Haiti is to turn local community priorities into improved national health care programs through data collection and best practice development. It is our goal to take what we have learned and apply that knowledge to improve healthcare throughout Haiti. We have a vision that one day,much of what we learn in Haiti can be utilized in other low-resource countries. To achieve this goal, we are conducting research in the following program areas:

  • Cervical Cancer Prevention
  • Family Health
  • Safe Motherhood

Women's Programs: Family Health Ministries work in women’s health is based on the priorities of the communities we serve and focuses on cervical cancer prevention and safe motherhood programs.

Education Programs: Family Health Ministries is committed to improving the opportunity for education in Haiti through the following programs:

  • The Saint Antoine School, Fondwa serves 700 students grades pre-K through 13 in the rural mountain community of Fondwa. FHM began its student sponsorship program in 2000 to support students, teachers’ salaries, and general infrastructure. Through support from sponsors, FHM is able to provide $4,100.00/ month to the education of these special young people.
  • The Leogane Nursing School - Since 2008, Family Health Ministries has been sponsoring students annually at the Leogane Nursing School, the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Episcopale d’Haïti (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti – or FSIL)
  • University Student Programs - Family Health Ministries partners with colleges and universities to provide research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate, and professional students. Students typically work on an FHM research project collecting data, data analysis, and eventual publication in some form. The data collected is used to evaluate existing FHM programs, assess community need, and implement new programs.

Spiritual Support: Churches are at the foundation of the Haitian society. Where food, shelter and basic life necessities are critically scarce and day to day life is incredibly difficult, the church represents the center of hope, love, rest, and resources. Family Health Ministries provides spiritual support initiatives in Haiti through partnership with community churches.

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