Morne Pelee – Health Care Needs

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The goal of FreddyLink is to have the community of Fredericton come along side the community of Morne Pelee in Haiti to help them move towards self sufficiency. We want to give them a “hand up”, not a “hand out”, by supporting the long-term community development efforts of World Vision in Morne Pelee.

But, what are the needs in Morne Pelee? Health care needs are one of the major challenges for this community.

Morne Pelee faces many problems because of a lack of safe water, sanitation and almost non-existent health care. The community has only two poorly equipped health centres with part-time nurses and health workers. Families have a limited knowledge of sanitation and hygiene practices such as use of latrines, hand washing and disposal of household waste. As a result of unsafe water, inadequate hygiene and poor health care, children frequently suffer from chronic diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, typhoid and skin diseases.

Health services for mothers and children are precarious, so mothers lack awareness of how to have a healthy pregnancy and properly feed and care for their children. There is a lack of information about responsible behaviour on how to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy is an issue in the community.

How can we respond?

The best way to make a difference is to sponsor a child in Morne Pelee. Child sponsorship empowers children, their families and the entire community to help break the cycle of poverty. Click here to find out more.

Another great way to make a difference is to support water projects in Morne Pelee. These projects help provide access to clean, safe drinking water and improved sanitation for children and families in Morne Pelee. Click here to find out more.

 

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