The Lamp Foundation, Inc. wrote -
Lamp for Haiti needs your help to bring community health workers to hundreds of people living in Cite Soleil, Haiti.
Since 2006, we have served the most marginalized citizens of Haitian society through our health clinic located in the Bwa Nef section of Cite Soleil, an area of extreme poverty and little to no health care access for its residents.
When we started, we were told Cite Soleil was helpless, that it was too poor and too violent for us to make difference. Now, our 10- person medical team serves 12,000 patients every year, providing primary and urgent care in addition to a women’s health and child nutrition program, on-site x-ray room and laboratory.
Despite our medical teams amazing work they are stretched thin and without added support will not be able to keep up with the health demands of the community; putting many residents in jeopardy of not receiving services.
Community Health Workers are essential to maintaining quality health care in a community where we are the only option. Our health workers will make home visits to the physically bound and chronically ill; people at risk of suffering and dying in their homes from treatable conditions.
Over a three-month period, we will train local, unemployed women to become community health workers, teaching them how to provide basic and follow up care in their own communities.
Once trained our Community Health Workers will be able to:
- Administer basic first aid and medications
- Provide pre- and post- natal support to new mothers
- Administer therapeutic food to malnourished children
- Monitor blood pressure and body mass index of patient
- Educate the community on disease prevention
- Identify and refer emergencies to the medical team
These women will become an integral part of our effort to provide quality health care to those who need it most and strengthen Lamp for Haiti’s ability to help the people of Cite Soleil live healthy lives.
Your contributions will help cover the costs of training, medical equipment and supplies, public education materials and administrative costs associated with getting this program up and running.
Thank you for your support!