where we work

We have long-standing partnerships with communities in the central region of Haiti.


why Haiti
Haiti is situated on the Western third of the island of Hispaniola. Of the country’s estimated 10.5 million citizens, 75% are estimated to live below the poverty line, with the majority of the population living on less than $2 per day. Various natural disasters including the earthquake of January 2010 have only worsened the situation. Much of the Haitian population can be diagnosed with deficiencies of iron, vitamin A, iodine, protein, calories, or any combination of these. Overarching malnutrition leads to stunted growth and development in the Haitian population. Infectious diseases including HIV, TB, and lymphatic filariasis, among others, add another layer to the multitude of factors that play into health inequity throughout Haiti. Most Haitian statistics involve some degree of guesswork. We operate within a population that does not have addresses, track birth or death rates, hold a national census, or have national identifiers like social security.
 
Infant mortality: 63/1000 live births (6.3/1000 in the US)
Life expectancy: 57 years old (78 years old in the US)
HIV prevalence: 5.6% (0.6% in the US)
 
our clinics

Our clinics are in the rural area of Arcahaie in the mountains, about ninety minutes from downtown Port-au-Prince. Due to the lack of affordable primary healthcare in the area, some patients walk eight hours or more to arrive at our clinic site. We provide peanut butter and bread for all people upon entry to our clinic, as many of our patients go without eating in order to be seen by a CHI provider.