Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has some of the worst health indicators in the world.
HHA first visited Haiti in 2005, a trip that led to the charity being founded (previously under the name Haiti Hospital Appeal). After years of political instability (including a number of dictatorships), significant natural disasters (including the 2010 earthquake that killed 220,000 people) and the recent cholera epidemic (the worst a single country has ever faced), Haiti has become the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Haiti subsequently has the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the region. 63% of births take place at home without any medical support, with women often marginalised geographically, financially and often through poor education. Poor living conditions also contribute to Haiti’s poor infant health indicators.
Despite these challenges, Haiti is a beautiful country with a courageous people. Haiti is full of inspiring men and women seeking to change their nation. Our job is to support them and equip and empower sustainable Haitian lead change. We’ve been privileged to co-found one of the leading hospitals in North Haiti, 'Hospital HCBH', a 100+ bed facility that employs over 170 local Haitian staff.
HHA have subsequently become one of the leading health NGOs in North Haiti, working closely with the Haitian Ministry of Health to improve the countries health indicators.