Saving Lives Never Takes A Day Off
2021 was a year like no other in Haiti, a year filled with challenges and disasters that shook Haiti to its core: political unrest, natural disasters, massive fires, food and fuel shortages, gang warfare, and the Covid pandemic as the backdrop to it all.
But Hands Up for Haiti's frontline workers, our team on the ground, persist. Our employees show remarkable courage in the face of personal danger, facing down these challenges, stopping at nothing to protect the health of others. They can do this because of the support that you continue to give.
What Did Hands Up for Haiti Accomplish in 2021?
- Kairam Klinik Byen Bebe Program: 325 babies from birth to 1 year have received well-baby preventative care at our 4 sites.
- Medika Mamba Malnutrition Program: 673 malnourished children have been treated at 5 sites in our malnutrition program.
- Pediatric Emergency Referrals: 65 children have been referred to our partner hospitals for advanced, lifesaving care this year alone using our Emergency Care Fund.
- Prenatal Care, Education & Nutrition: 534 women enrolled in our Prenatal Program this year, double last year’s enrollment.
- Helping Babies Survive Skills Training: 40 Matrones, 63 nursing students and 60 nurses were trained in HBS by our program nurses.
- Mobile Santè Outreach Clinics: 993 patients were treated as our team held pop-up medical clinics in 12 different communities before clinics were suspended due to circumstances on the ground, plus 50 more when we held a clinic at the end of the year in the fire zone.
- Humanitarian Crisis Food Distribution Efforts: 1400 families in need throughout our 5 communities received essential food supplies during a period of dire food insecurity; we distributed an additional 120 food kits to victims of the fire.
- Helping Victims of last December's Explosion in Cap Haitien: Delivering health care and humanitarian aid, including 120 food kits, to the scores of families left homeless by last week's massive explosion and fire
- Community Water Project: We dug 1 new water well to bring our total to 15 wells in 7 different communities.
- Earthquake Relief: We donated $12,000 to partner organizations to deliver direct relief to the affected region after the devastating earthquake in August.
- Hypertension Screen & Treat: over 200 patients are treated in 2 communities, preventing stroke and premature death.
- Youth Health Education: 5 sessions for 147 students ranging in age from 13-20, who will return home to their 5 communities to share their knowledge.
- Saving Vision: patients are screened at Mobile Santè, and referred for care at HUFH's expense to the few ophthalmologists working in the north.
Over 75,000 children and adults have been treated in our clinical programs
over the past 11 years.
We’ve accomplished this because our frontline workers persist in the face of unimaginable challenges, in large part due to your support.
Why does our staff persist? Read what they have to say here.