|PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH
HHF also provides health care services through a public health outreach to over 100 mountain village in the Jérémie area. Health services include: immunizations, de-worming, vitamins, well-baby care, frequent health checks (including weighing and nutritional/health counseling), and vitamin A distribution to prevent childhood blindness.There are over 100 rural mountain villages under Haitian Health Foundation’s “umbrella of care.” The villagers are committed to self-help, cooperation, and hard work for the health of the residents. For example, in some villages:
- Mother, Father and Youth Groups have been created, to allow villagers to meet and talk about ways to work for better health for their communities. To our knowledge, HHF has the only fully functioning Fathers’ Group in Haiti;
- Community banks have been established;
- Villagers’ health records have been added to our database, now with over 190,000 files; and,
- Haitian volunteers have organized health fairs and repaired roads for easier access for HHF health teams.
|Where available, each village has a dedicated Health Agent—a resident Haitian who is trained to provide excellent health care, 24/7. The dedicated (or shared) Health Agents provide health education and primary care for between 3,000–4,000 rural villagers. Each year, over 225,000 people receive care for approximately $3 US per person per year, in large part because of the Health Agent program.