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Haiti has a rich, vibrant culture full of lively folklore that tells the stories of its people's resilience amid a long history of political turmoil, oppression and hardship.
Haiti has begun a new chapter in its story, in the wake of the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake that wrought profound devastation to the country on January 12, 2010.
According to World Bank data, over 80% of Haitians lived below the poverty line even prior to the earthquake; now the nation faces an even deeper set of economic and health care challenges. Sanitation, power and drinking water systems that were already struggling to meet needs were rendered useless by the earthquake. Millions have been left without access to the most basic elements for health and survival.
There is an immense need for rebuilding Haiti's infrastructure and meeting health care needs. With the outpouring of support from many trusted international partners, Haiti and its people have the opportunity to find hope and healing and to rebuild stronger.
IMA World Health established a Haiti field office in 2008 to support its disease prevention and treatment programs.
With offices in Port au Prince and Saint Marc, IMA is now a key player in developing long-term health care plans in Haiti.
Safe Motherhood Kit™
Unsafe birthing conditions cause thousands of preventable deaths. IMA's Safe Motherhood Kits™ provide clean and sterile birthing supplies for expectant mothers to lessen the risk of injury, infection and death. You can help. DONATE NOW>>
Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program
IMA has been working to prevent the spread of two Neglected Tropical Diseases, Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STH) through funding from USAID/RTI in Haiti. Currently, through the National NTD Control Program in Haiti, IMA is working with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and partners (University of Notre Dame, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Partners in Health, and GlaxoSmithKline) to conduct Mass Drug Administration (MDA) with two drugs, DEC and Albendazole. IMA, through support from USAID, leads implementation in 8 of the 10 Departments annually for prevention. MDA is conducted through community distribution posts and schools. IMA has gathered the support of over 18,000 trained volunteers who educate the population and distribute the medication. In spite of challenges including the cholera outbreak and political instability, IMA achieved impressive coverage results, 94% on average, and is treating over 4.5 million Haitians. The program is expected to have national coverage by the end of 2012.
TOMS Shoes Partnership
Through a partnership with TOMS Shoes, IMA works with local NTD volunteers, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education to distribute new shoes to Haitian children to prevent Soil Transmitted Helminthes like hookworm. IMA provided 800,000 pairs of shoes in 2010/2011 as a complement to Mass Drug Adminstration within the NTD Control Program. Read more about TOMS Shoes on their Blog at www.toms.com/blog.
Medical Supplies and Equipment
Since the 2010 earthquake, IMA has provided over $3.1 million worth of medicines and medical supplies, including 4,662 IMA Safe Motherhood Kits™, 4,500 LifeStraws® for water purification, and 23,000 hygiene kits. Through relationships with member agencies and partner hospitals and facilities, IMA sends essential medicine and supplies to assist in the response to the cholera epidemic and to help provide basic care to those in need.
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