Helping Children Survive and Thrive
Reducing the Incidence of Malnutrition
Food shortages and poor nutrition are a common, seasonal fact of life in Haiti, and infants, children, and pregnant mothers are most vulnerable to these conditions. Diseases and health problems that result from inadequate and poor nutrition put lives at risk, and, left untreated, often result in permanent developmental disabilities.
HAS addresses this important problem through community-based programs that employ best practices to detect and treat malnutrition early, providing nutrition and vitamin supplements to those who need them. Nearly 10,000 children per month are weighed and screened for acute malnutrition at HAS community health posts. Every year, our Nutrition Stabilization Unit treats hundreds of children for severe, acute malnutrition, and many more are treated for severe, acute malnutrition at six HAS outpatient nutrition treatment sites.
Working to Eliminate Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Since the early days, HAS immunization programs have virtually wiped out diseases such as tetanus, measles, and polio in our service area. Widespread inoculation and sanitation efforts not only drastically improve babies’ and children’s chances of surviving their first five years, but markedly improve the health and well being of entire communities.
Our community health workers administer the following vaccines to children ages five and under: BCG (TB vaccine), DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus), Polio, and MR (Measles and Rubella). Nearly 1,700 vaccines are administered every month, and each month an average of 161 children in our service area complete all of their vaccination requirements, or more than 1,900 per year. HAS fully collaborate with the Haitian Ministry of Health to meet immunization standards and goals.