Women of Haiti
Zette Nozylus sits on an overturned bucket in the center of a market in Pétion-ville, Haiti, selling onions, carrots and eggplants. Six months ago, she began working in this market after she gave birth to a son. He is her fourth child, but her only one still living. Her three other children died in infancy or childhood.
Haiti’s infant and child mortality rate is the highest in the Caribbean with 46.8 deaths for every 1,000 children under the age of 5.
Heart to Heart International is opening a medical clinic in the largest market in Pétion-ville, Haiti, to provide health care to thousands of women like Zette who work in the market. This clinic will also provide prenatal care, pediatric nutritional counseling and pediatric medical care.
Zette’s personal experiences with the deaths of her children means she knows the value of having medical care nearby. “When your body needs help, you need to have medical care nearby,” she said.
8 Years of Help, Health, Hope
As you’ll learn in this video, we’ve come a long way and accomplished much these past few years, thanks to a combination of efforts from HHI staff, volunteers, donors, foundations and corporate partnerships.
Eight years have passed since Heart to Heart International began working in Haiti and we continue to deepen our commitment to work side by side – to ask what do you want and need – so that together we can move Haiti from Survivability to Sustainability.
In Jalousie, a neighborhood clinging desperately to the steep hills above Port-au-Prince, Haiti, brightly painted houses mask the sadness and despair of slums where over 50,000 people live. A secondary fault line runs through the entire hillside making the area vulnerable to future devastation.
The government’s efforts in 2013 to apply a splash of color to the houses conceal a somber reality from the view of tourists at luxury hotels below. But locals know better. They refer to Jalousie as “Misery in Colors”.
The bright colors are a false veneer of hope to the rest of the world while sheltering survivors of the 2010 earthquake in 1,300 deteriorating homes. The structures are precariously built on top of each other outside of any safety regulations and have no running water or toilet facilities. When the sun sets, only a small sprinkle of lights splatter across the hill, as electricity is rare.
Heart to Heart International-Haiti has been asked by the city government to bring healthcare to people living in these houses. Financial support is needed to help the families of Jalousie.
Will you join us to bring healthcare to Jalousie?
December 15th, 2016
In mid-October, just days following Hurricane Matthew, HHI was holding emergency response clinics in Jeremie (at the epicenter of the class 4 hurricane) about 200 miles west of Port-au-Prince in the Grand’Anse area. Knowing our experience with Cholera, the ministry of health asked us to move about 45 minutes outside of Jeremie to a commune called Marfranc where Cholera cases were appearing.
The storm’s tidal surge is flooding coastal towns and destroying homes. Reports from our teams indicate that deaths have already occurred and more can be expected.
Our U.S. disaster response team is moving toward Haiti and will provide more urgently needed medical support to the hardest hit areas.
We need your financial support to mount this response. We will be sending teams in by helicopter since many roads and bridges are impassible. We will also be bringing the most injured out to hospitals where they can receive lifesaving care. But this is expensive and we need our donors to help us in this response. Please donate immediately!
100% of designated donations (this includes associated overhead expenses) will go to this particular crisis
Our team is there – working in two camps – providing medical care, food and hygiene items to hundreds of refugees who have nowhere to go.
Learn more about the politics behind the crisis.
VIDEO: Go inside a refugee camp as Heart to Heart International delivers supplies.
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We have developed and currently operate 16 clinics (fixed and mobile) in a variety of communities in Haiti – Leogane, Fondwa, the remote village of Cascade Pichon and across the Sud-Est Department (the Southeast). We employ Haitian doctors, nurses, pharmacists and lab technicians to staff these clinics. And because HHI wants to help break the cycle of dependence, we do not provide charity care. Rather, patients pay what they can.
Even with our best efforts, we cover a large area and resources are stretched thin. We augment our medical teams with volunteer medical professionals from around the world who come to Haiti to work with us, to experience the adventure, and to know the reward of using their skills to make a real difference in the lives of people we serve.
Want to Volunteer in Haiti with us? Learn how you can be part of something special.
Cholera was introduced shortly after the earthquake in 2010, blossomed into an epidemic and since it’s introduction – has killed thousands and sickened hundreds of thousands more. Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine.
As bad as Cholera is, it is preventable.
And that is where our WASH program starts – Prevention. WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) is vital for any community. It’s the beginning point of any discussion about making a real change in the health of a community. Without addressing these needs first, the cycle of disease will continue.
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Partners at Work
Click on the photo to see work from our partners in Haiti.