By J.O. Haselhoef Seven men in matching red t-shirts walk among the vendors in Thursday’s open-air market in Seguin, a village in Southwest Haiti. Each man wears a protective mask and talks about preventing the spread of Covid-19 to anyone who will listen. The backs of their t-shirts say, Moun Segen ak pwopte nap konbat kowona viris. “The people of Seguin with cleanliness canfight Coronavirus.” These volunteers began addressing small groups in the area in March, warning them about the pandemic that […]
The Haiti Health Network, or HHN, needed to know the who, what, where and how of all health care professionals to solve those issues, and so it mapped the frontline, small rural and mid-size regional clinics and referral hospitals throughout all ten of Haiti’s departments. In partnership with Haiti’s Ministry of Health, the five HHN staff in Haiti visited and collected data — from the 1,300 health care facilities — on the access and possession of medicines, electricity, equipment, and staffing.
In Duchity, Haiti, a small town about 14 miles north of Les Cayes, survivors and neighbors have led the immediate response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that ravaged the south of Haiti. Its plight mirrors what many smaller communes in urgent need of attention are experiencing as they are bypassed by responders and convoys going directly to locations like Les Cayes. Meanwhile, residents say, the need for emergency supplies and relief in smaller places grows more acute each day that passes.