HEALTH: THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
Focus On Education
At The DAMABIAH Foundation, we play an active role in the rehabilitation of medical clinics, hospitals and the distribution of medicines, medical supplies, and equipment.
Good health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer and are more productive. Poverty is a major cause of ill health and a barrier to accessing health care when needed.
This relationship is financial: the poor cannot afford to purchase those things that are needed for good health, including sufficient quantities of quality food and health care.
Good health is the foundation on which we build our world and without a strong foundation everything else crumbles around us. Freedom from sickness and disease allows children to play, evolve, attend school, learn and enjoy a healthy lifestyle building confidence and a natural ability within them.
Communities are strengthened if people are fit, healthy and able to work, leading to full production and high yields. Our health programs focus on mothers, children, the disabled and the elderly, who are the most vulnerable to disease and malnutrition.
We have helped severely malnourished children make a full recovery. We have fought against infection and disease, training community health workers and families in prevention, and providing bed nets to protect children from malaria as they sleep.
However, there is more to be done. We see children dying from preventable issues because of violence, isolation, and powerlessness. We want hope to be restored.
We want to promote good hygiene and nutrition for children. We want to strengthen health systems to serve vulnerable people through the distribution of medicines and medical supplies.
Good nutrition is an essential foundation for health and development, yet malnutrition continues to be the world’s most serious health problem and the single-biggest contributor to child mortality. As a local humanitarian organisation, The DAMABIAH Foundation has made addressing malnutrition a top priority. Our goal is to ensure that mothers and children are well nourished across our programming reach.
The DAMABIAH Foundation delivers primary health care, child and maternal health, family planning, infectious and chronic disease prevention, assessment and treatment, mental health, tuberculosis treatment, HIV screening/counselling and dental health services through a network of health clinics and mobile clinics in remote mountainous areas. We make sure that every woman has access to healthcare to safely deliver her baby and care for herself and her family.
Our health programs in Haiti have a special focus on Maternal, New-born and Reproductive Health (MNRH); Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health; Child Health; and Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN).
From pre-pregnancy through to early childhood, working with partner organisations and governments, our health care teams provide mothers and children living in the world’s poorest and most fragile communities with access to a range of healthcare services:
The DAMABIAH Foundation works in the fight against HIV-AIDS through several aspects, including raising awareness among young people.
The figures for the fight against HIV-AIDS are progressing in the country. For several years, HIV awareness has been raised and many more people are aware of the disease.
Young people represent a sector where awareness-raising has had the greatest impact. Thus, the national prevalence rate is 2% while it is 1.0% among young people aged 15-24. However, the most important thing is to fight discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV).
An AIDS-free generation is possible when we eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT). The DAMABIAH Foundation has created an innovative and comprehensive EMTCT program. This program has eliminated ALL new infections in babies born to mothers enrolled in care provided by the DAMABIAH Foundation clinics.
Women of childbearing age currently account for more than half of HIV cases worldwide, and an estimated 1.4 million HIV-positive women become pregnant each year. Strong DAMABIAH Foundation programs break this chain and enable women living with HIV to give birth to healthy, HIV-free children.
The DAMABIAH Foundation provides comprehensive prenatal care and EMTCT services. The Foundation offers information and counseling services to women and couples planning pregnancy. Once pregnant, a woman is enrolled in Option B+ and the program.
The DAMABIAH Foundation provides initial medicine for the baby and refers women to a nearby hospital for safe delivery services. The DAMABIAH Foundation continues to provide comprehensive care for mothers and babies for 18 months.
By continuing to provide top quality EMTCT services through its clinics, the DAMABIAH Foundation can save and improve the lives of countless women and children in Haiti. Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV is essential to achieving an AIDS-free generation!
The Foundation will use the money raised to continue to provide comprehensive CTME services to more HIV-positive pregnant women and mothers. With a constantly growing clientele.
This project will provide HIV testing kits (Alere Determine) to 40 rural primary health centers in the South and North departments of Haiti, so that residents of these communities can access HIV testing services. With this, we will continue to work to ensure that people already infected with HIV are registered and started on antiretroviral treatment and reduce the number of new HIV infections recorded in the country.
People who live in the rural part of Haiti find it difficult to access good health services, including getting tested for HIV, knowing their status and accessing treatment if they test positive, because primary health centers in these rural communities do not receive the materials needed for HIV/AIDS services.
We will provide HIV testing kits (Alere Determine) to these primary health centers and monitor their activities, so that people can get tested for HIV and know their status and those who are reactive, would be referred to a comprehensive center for further confirmation and enrollment/starting of antiretroviral therapy if positive.
Many people will find it easy to get tested for HIV and know their status, without having to spend much to transport themselves to the cities in order to get tested. This will help people in these communities to know more about HIV/AIDS, thus help in reducing the number of new HIV infections, as those who are infected without knowing, would have known that they’re positive and started on antiretroviral therapy while those who are not infected, would be properly guided.
We need your financial support to start this project.
Your donation Helps Provide Food, Education, Water, Healthcare and Sheller to Children and Families in Need in Haiti.