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The White Rice You Want, With Half Of The Calories
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The White Rice You Want, With Half Of The Calories

By Anaïs Bailly-Mompoint, LMSW

Rice/du riz/diri/arroz! Whichever your reference, it is as important as bread and water in terms of consumption in many communities, including Caribbean natives, descendants, and immigrants. Rice is enjoyed by more than half of the 7 billion of people around the world and is a staple in many cuisines. In fact, some—Haitian men included—do not consider a meal complete without a side of rice.

Suffering in Silence: Mental Illness Treatment in Haitian Community
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Suffering in Silence: Mental Illness Treatment in Haitian Community

By Amina Lovell

From a young age Helen Sullivan* suffered from feelings of loneliness and low self-worth. She thought that the world was against her and that she just wasn’t good enough. At 16, Sullivan realized that this wasn’t a universal feeling, which made her feel even more isolated in her thoughts. As she journeyed into her 20s and left home, the feelings intensified. Her career was just taking off, she was traveling all over the world, but the pressures of living abroad were mounting, and constant failed relationships sent her into a depressive cycle. Sullivan eventually became suicidal.

Mobile Top-Up Company Promotes Family Planning  With Free Minutes
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Mobile Top-Up Company Promotes Family Planning With Free Minutes

Ding, a mobile top-up company, partnered with Haiti Projects, a nonprofit organization working in rural Haiti to lower the rate of unplanned pregnancies in the region. The partnership incentivizes women to keep their contraceptive appointments, where they are given Depo Provera, a three-month contractive shot. In exchange for keeping their appointments, the women are given free mobile minutes.

Breaking Through the Invisible	Boundaries of Mental Health in	 the Haitian Caribbean Community
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Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Mental Health in the Haitian Caribbean Community

Dr. Florence Saint-Jean launched Global Trauma Research Inc. (GTR) in Brooklyn last Friday.  The organization’s goal is to increase access to culturally-competent trauma counseling services to underserved minority populations. “Many people around the world are suffering from traumatic experiences and don’t even know it,” Saint-Jean said. Saint-Jean’s vision is to break through the invisible boundaries…

Haiti Struggles to Stem Cholera as Rains Come Early
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Haiti Struggles to Stem Cholera as Rains Come Early

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number of Haitians infected by cholera has risen more than 300 percent in the past year as early rains, poor sanitation, and a lack of funding means the impoverished Caribbean nation struggles to stem the disease, the United Nations said. From January to April this year, 14,226 Haitians were…

Haitian Government Inaugurates Family Nurse Practitioner Program
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Haitian Government Inaugurates Family Nurse Practitioner Program

After the earthquake, Dr. Carmelle Marie Bellefleur traveled to Haiti and saw firsthand the overwhelming need for healthcare. In 2010, Bellefleur and three fellow nurse educators founded Promoting Health In Haiti (PHH), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and wellness for the people of Haiti by educating highly-skilled nurses.

On Apr. 27, the Haitian government inaugurated the organization’s Family Nursing Program (FNP) – a first for the country where there are currently no nurse practitioners. This title was an unfamiliar one for the Haitian government, Bellefleur says. They didn’t know the types of services they provide, the level of education needed, or how to compensate them.

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