Even before the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, there were almost no health care services in the country's rural areas. The disaster has aggravated the situation in general, but in particular for the most vulnerable groups, such as women and children.
The maternal and infant mortality rates are extremely high in Haiti. Especially in the rainy season, respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malaria worsen the situation and are the main cause of death for children.
The earthquake also led to a further deterioration
of the nutritional status of the population and the inadequate hygiene
conditions that had already been deficient before the disaster.
With a comprehensive approach, Malteser International ensures the access of the population to adequate basic health services, improves the health and nutritional status of mother and children, and sustainably raises the awareness for hygiene and health and an adequate behaviour. Action plans and measures are developed in cooperation with the communities.
The breakout of cholera throughout various areas of Haiti, with 500 000 people affected, also led to an increase of cholera cases in Darbonne, where a Cholera Treatment Unit (CTU) was integrated into the already existing Health Centre. From March 2011 to February 2012, more than 1000 heavily affected patients have been treated in the unit. Prevention measures at local level have prevent further spread of the disease.
|Duration:||since July 2010|
|Cost:||Nachbar in Not (Austria), EADS, Germanys Relief Coalition (ADH), Malteser International, private donations|