Community Health

Since its founding in 1956, HAS has taken an innovative approach to public health challenges. A widespread public health campaign early in HAS’s history, for example, helped to nearly eliminate instances of death from tetanus in newborns in the hospital’s service area—and became a model for public health efforts around the world. Our community-based programs, implemented by trained community health workers and clinicians, provide life-saving vaccines, malnutrition screenings for infants and children, prenatal and maternal care for new and expectant mothers, and educational seminars and outreach on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, reproductive health, the importance of immunizations, and hygiene. In addition, HAS collaborates with government and community partners to assist in the building and maintenance of wells, latrines, and tippy taps for hand-washing, which help prevent the spread of deadly water-borne diseases like cholera. HAS’s Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Program (HTRIP) seeks to reforest land in communities throughout our service area. This program is not only protecting vulnerable top soil and crops, but eventually will help to provide a stable source of income for these communities. Although many public health problems in Haiti are tied to poverty and food insecurity, HAS’s commitment to integrated healthcare delivery and community services is saving countless lives every year.

Nearly 1,700 vaccines are administered each month at HAS’s community health clinics, mobile clinics, and child health posts.

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