Health: Fast Facts on the U.S. Government's Work in Haiti
Disease Prevention and Treatment in Haiti
The U.S. Government is working to help prevent and treat disease in Haiti by providing sustainable health care solutions to help Haitians build a system that will improve their quality of life and lay the foundation for long-term, sustainable development.
Pre-Earthquake Healthcare in Haiti: Grim Statistics
- Almost 1 in four children under 5 were chronically malnourished;
- An estimated 40 percent of the population had no access to basic health services;
- Haiti had the highest rates of child mortality in the Americas, the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Western Hemisphere, and HIV/AIDS prevalence was at a 2.2 percent infection rate.
The earthquake exacerbated a difficult situation, and presented the Government of Haiti, the U.S. Government, and the international community with new health challenges to overcome.
Disease Management Through Prevention
Once the earthquake struck, the U.S. Government moved quickly to help the Government of Haiti take the steps necessary to mitigate the spread of disease and improve the general health of Haitians.
- Over one million people have been immunized against highly communicable diseases.
- 109 sites run by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) across the country provided both emergency and ongoing care in the aftermath of the earthquake.
- To prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases, USAID partners provided 800,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to earthquake-affected Haitians.
- USAID is providing nearly 300,000 people with food assistance and USAID school feeding programs provide daily meals to more than 40,000 Haitian children. Additionally, agricultural extension agents are trained to deliver information on nutrition for children & pregnant women in an integrated nutrition strategy.
Together with the international community, the U.S. Government continues to work with the Government of Haiti to improve health and sanitation, prevent the spread of disease, and improve the quality of life for Haitians.