Haiti

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Delivering Health Care and Training to Help Disaster-affected Communities Return to Self-reliance

The Republic of Haiti is a small Caribbean nation that faces significant political, economic and humanitarian challenges. The country is frequently plagued by natural disasters and is ill-equipped to deal with their aftermath, often leaving many people without ready access to electricity, water, sanitation or health care. International Medical Corps has been working in Haiti since 2010 when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation. Our teams immediately provided a broad range of lifesaving services, including mobile medical units, water, sanitation and hygiene activities. We were one of the very first organizations to respond to an unprecedented cholera outbreak in Artibonite in the north (where the initial cases developed) that year. In October 2016, when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, our teams were already on the ground and once again provided emergency relief and medical care. We quickly initiated cholera treatment and prevention activities and participated in the largest-ever emergency cholera vaccination campaigns.

Today, three-quarters of the population live on less than US$2 per day, and half of the population earns less than US$1 per day, leaving families struggling to put food on their tables. Throughout the years, International Medical Corps has continued to devise efficient solutions for complex challenges, aiming to assist Haiti’s most vulnerable people deprived of access to nutrition and basic health care services.

QUICK FACTS

  • Population

    Population
    10,711,000

  • age

    Median Age
    22.2Years

  • life

    Life Expectancy (m/f)
    62/66 Years

  • life

    Fertility Rate
    2.79 children per mother

OUR PROGRAMS IN HAITI

  • Population

    Family and Community Health

Haiti Earthquake: Honoring Five Years
Five-years after the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, International Medical Corps’ teams are still on the ground delivering vital health care and training services to help disaster-affected communities return to self-reliance.

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CURRENT PROGRAMS

Relieving the Burdens of Hunger and Malnutrition

Food insecurity and malnutrition is a long-standing challenge in Haiti. Even before the 2010 earthquake, Haiti suffered from one of the heaviest burdens of hunger and malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere, where a near-majority of households are undernourished and 30 percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. The 2010 earthquake, followed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and then Hurricane Matthew in 2016, not only aggravated existing difficulties, it lessened the government's ability to manage the food situation. Today, International Medical Corps is working in Fonds Verrettes to mitigate the impact of El Niño on the nutritional status of vulnerable people, particularly children. We are focusing on strengthening the nutrition surveillance system, improving access to nutrition services and implementing malnutrition interventions. In our health facilities and communities, we do routine screening for malnutrition, focusing on children aged 0-59 months. Most children are treated in our outpatient therapeutic program, while those with Severe Acute Malnutrition and medical complications, as well as children under 6 months, are treated in our in-patient stabilization center. Our staff are also working with local health facility staff and community health volunteers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) to protect and support feeding and hygiene. In addition, our teams are training health facility staff, NGO partners and other caregivers on best practices for IYCF and community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM).

RESOURCES

Water and Sanitation in Haiti

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RECENT STORY

Monley's Story: A Young Survivor of the Haiti Earthquake

Five-year-old Monley was pulled from the rubble of the Haiti earthquake after being trapped for an astonishing 8 days. As most of the world was losing those final glimmers of hope that survivors of the earthquake in Haiti could still be rescued, Monley’s uncle, Garry, uncovered him from under the collapsed home that had killed Monley’s parents.

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