Improving Health Services for rural Haitians in DelatteHaiti
Since the beginning of 2016, Caritas Luxembourg has been supporting its local partner in running a health centre in Delatte, a rural part of Petit-Goâve in Haiti. This area lacks basic economic, educational and sanitary infrastructure, and the health care system faces numerous challenges in Delatte and elsewhere in the country. Health care centres are largely under-financed by the government and experience shortcomings in qualified staff, especially in remote areas.
The project improves the access of 36,000 inhabitants living around the Delatte health centre, which was rebuilt since the disastrous earthquake in 2010. Pregnant women and children in particular benefit from this medical assistance and follow-up. As some people are not able to reach the health centre, a mobile clinic travels around the area in order to make the services offered as accessible as possible. The staff of the centre also includes a dentist, who checks the dental health of more than 1,000 school children. However, the centre’s activities go beyond simple medical consultations. They include community health activities such as information campaigns and prevention measures against cholera. To increase the sustainability of the actions, the project also aims at strengthening local capacities by involving local authority representatives and other community members. Finally, new mothers also receive assistance in order to organise themselves into self-help groups.