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$25 provides a birth kit that can save an infant’s life

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$900 can pay for a full year of training or support for a traditional birth attendant

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Haiti

Haiti has a long history of instability and is currently in economic decline. It has been ranked by the United Nations as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The United Nations Development Program estimates that nearly 80 percent of Haitians live on less than $2 per day and 55% of the total population lives under $1.25 per day.

Infants and mothers

Haiti has an infant mortality rate of 49 per 1000 live births. 11.6% of children under the age of 5 are underweight and 29% are stunted. According to 2010 WHO data (post-earthquake), common causes of death for children under age 5 include: injury (56%), pneumonia (10%), and diarrhea (7%). The maternal mortality rate is 630/100,000. 

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Did you know?

  • Nearly 80% of Haitians live on less than $2 per day
  • Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was the country’s worst disaster in 200 years

Limited resources

Human resources for health services are very limited, with 1 doctor and 5.5 nurses or nurse auxiliaries for every 12,000 people. Only 7% of births are attended by a skilled birth attendant, compared to 99% in the US. Government expenditures on health care account for only 4.5% of the government’s overall budget, and 79% of health expenditures are out-of-pocket.

Underlying factors of Haiti's recent cholera epidemic include 74.3% of the population without adequate sanitation, 35% without potable water and 46% without access to health care.
 

Disasters: Earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding…

With a death toll in the thousands and millions of Haitians left homeless, injured and struggling to survive, the 2010 earthquake was the worst disaster to hit the country in 200 years. Since the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has continued to experience a series of lesser known disasters: Hurricanes, flooding, droughts, cholera epidemic, and food shortages. Man-made disasters have been linked to the political and economic instability that has marked much of Haiti’s history.

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MTI has responded to the following disasters:

  • 1994 to assist the victims of a civil conflict
  • 2004 to provide health care services for those affected by Hurricane Jeanne
  • 2010 to respond to the earthquake
  • 2010 to provide relief to the cholera outbreak

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