Haiti’s children, especially those in rural and remote areas of the country, are especially vulnerable to the lack of accessible medical care. For every 1000 babies born in Haiti, 59 will die before reaching their first birthday and 88 will not live past age 5 years. (Ministry of Health 2012)
In some areas of Haiti, children receive few vaccines to prevent life-threatening illnesses such as tetanus and measles. One of our initiatives is to work with the Ministry of Health to provide vaccinations in some of these remote, medically underserved areas.
FOLLOW UP & SURGICAL CARE FUND
In Haiti, medical care is a privilege, not a right; most cannot afford care and are too poor to be well. Our emergency fund covers the medical and surgical costs for children referred by our teams to our partner hospitals, with life threatening illnesses or in need of surgery. $400 pays for the average emergency surgery a child needs. In 2015, 15 children needed hospitalization for life threatening conditions and 13 needed surgery. This year we expect this fund to help save the lives of dozens of children.
This emergency fund is crucial to HUFH’s work. Every team is faced with two or three children who come to the pediatric outreach clinics who are in need of advanced care. Several are victims of trauma and require emergency treatment for broken bones or wounds. Others are severely malnourished and in critical need of emergency treatment.
Hands Up for Haiti is dedicated to helping children not only survive but thrive. Our clinics are staffed by Haitian doctors and nurses year-round and our visiting pediatric teams help by holding outreach clinics just for children in the most impoverished areas of Cap Haitien and the remote rural communities of Bas Limbe and Bois de Lance. They screen children for malnutrition, providing de-worming medications, and treating acute illness. In 2015, more than 3000 children were seen in our pediatric outreach clinics.