With the establishment of our Haiti team, in-country office and distribution warehouse following the 2010 earthquake, AmeriCares greatly expanded its capacity to address the myriad health issues plaguing this battered nation. Since the completion of our earthquake recovery programs, we continue to work with local and international NGOs to support health care access with basic medicines and medical supplies. We have been a primary, life-saving resource for cholera treatment and prevention in response to the epidemic.
Snapshot of Haiti:
In Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, a history of civil strife, natural disaster, ecological devastation and economic chaos has created some formidable health care challenges. Basic infrastructure, clean water and sanitation are among the great needs facing the country’s nine million people, six million of which are children. Critical health issues:
- more than one in three Haitians die from a preventable disease
- an ongoing epidemic of cholera (new to the country) and exacerbated by lack of basic sanitation and potable water
- infant mortality rates over two-and-a-half times higher neighboring countries
- nearly one in ten children will likely die before they reach the age of five.
- overall the worst health conditions in the region including the highest rates of maternal mortality, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS
Compounding Haiti’s health problems is its vulnerability to destructive storms, mudslides and floods and most recently a devastating earthquake. The magnitude of the earthquake has added major burdens for a health care system already overwhelmed with high levels of communicable and chronic disease.
AmeriCares has been delivering aid to Haiti since 1984 and our work in Haiti continues – both ongoing aid as well as emergency response work. We help our partners serve more patients and avoid running out of basic medicines and medical supplies with regular shipments throughout the year.
Since September 2015 AmeriCares has provided medicine and supplies to support cholera treatment and worms in children as well as gap funding support for displaced people along the southern border with Dominican Republic to bring primary healthcare to a population temporarily living in camps. So far in 2016, AmeriCares is supporting other health initiatives including assisting a partner to respond to increased risk of the Zika virus with a focus on pregnant women, and support to the Ministry of Health and Population for an ongoing outbreak preparedness initiative.
In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed over 200,000 people and did massive damage to the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Within 48 hours, AmeriCares responded with emergency shipments and soon developed a plan of action to deal with the immediate and longer term needs of the Haitian people. Read more
In 2008, Haiti sustained blows from four back-to-back storms - Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and Tropical Storms Fay and Hanna, creating catastrophic mudslides and flooding. We sent a series of aid deliveries including an emergency airlift of critical medical and disaster relief supplies. Read more
In 2004, when Tropical Storm Jeanne and Hurricane Ivan caused violent flash floods and mudslides, we also provided significant disaster relief. Also in 2004, AmeriCares delivered emergency relief to Haiti after civil and political unrest affected the entire country.
Working with partners to develop and support programs addressing the urgent needs of the most vulnerable sector of the population—mothers and children, particularly pregnant women, with counseling, medicines and nutritional support. Emergency services and hospital maternity care are also being addressed. Read More »
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Haiti to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible. In the early weeks after the 2010 earthquake, AmeriCares supported over 200 volunteer medical teams. Last year alone we supported 174 medical missions to Haiti.
Recent News from Haiti
A Volunteer doctor on a regular medical visit to Haiti with support from AmeriCares medical outreach program is in the right place at the right time to save a severely injured young boy.
Joenne is an 8-year-old miracle girl who survived two deadly crises in Haiti - an earthquake and cholera. A face of hope for Haiti, she is one of the stories of survival that has inspired AmeriCares response and recovery work to help heal the island nation five years after the disaster.
AmeriCares partners with RKLS to provide quality health care services to approximately 50,000 people in rural areas of Western Haiti. The support includes medicines and supplies as well as construction funding for the clinic and its sanitation facilities.
AmeriCares Haiti team has been busy in advance of another active Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1 to November 30) predicted by the National Weather Service. The team has prepositioned cholera medicines and supplies and family preparedness kits to help families in flood-prone communities.
AmeriCares works closely with Project Medishare to help provide critical medical supplies and equipment to help Hôpital Bernard Mevs in Haiti meet the needs of the many people who rely on its services.
“Partnership for a Better Haiti,” a program supported by AmeriCares, focuses on addressing the health needs of young women and adolescent girls through prevention and support activities.
Four years after the devastating Haiti earthquake, AmeriCares remains firmly on the ground – with a clear plan of action to bring health and healing to people still struggling in the aftermath
A teenager who lost his legs in the 2010 Haiti earthquake is able to walk again, with prosthetic legs from the AmeriCares-supported BRAC Limb and Brace Center in Haiti.
As part of an ongoing objective to fight diarrheal disease and cholera in Haiti, AmeriCares provided funding for the construction of a community latrine and hand-washing station for partner clinic Rezo Koze Lasante.
In recognition of World Diabetes Day, AmeriCares supported FHADIMAC’s public campaign in Haiti to screen 1,000 patients and raise awareness about diabetes and hypertension.
Because cholera prevention is a central focus for AmeriCares ongoing work in Haiti, World Hand Washing Day is significant for one clear reason: good hygiene plus good sanitation saves lives.
On World Heart Day and everyday, AmeriCares works to provide lifesaving medicines, supplies, and education to help save lives and improve health outcomes for people suffering from cardiovascular disease.
The AmeriCares Medial Outreach program donated medicines and supplies to aid a short-term medical mission to help school children in Haiti. The team treated the children for wounds, skin infections, and dental cavities and abscesses. Dental care is a significant problem within the school-age population.
Each year, when the rainy season in Haiti prompts a spike in cholera cases, AmeriCares is ready in advance. Since the 2010 cholera outbreak, AmeriCares has delivered more than 325,000 cholera treatments – enough medicines to treat about 150,000 patients -- and supported the training of over 140,000 people in cholera prevention.
Stamford, Conn. – April 18, 2013 – AmeriCares is supplying critical funding and technical support to allow an important limb and brace clinic to continue serving earthquake survivors in Haiti. The BRAC Limb and Brace Centre opened in Port-au-Prince in September 2010 to design and custom fit prosthetic limbs and braces for children and adults injured in the massive earthquake eight months earlier.