Recent reports put the death toll from Hurricane Matthew at over 500 people in Haiti. Peninsula Peace and Justice Center recommends relief donations be made through Partners in Health. PiH has been working in Haiti since 1985.
PIH’s community-based model has proven successful in delivering effective care. A key to this success and to the PIH model of care pioneered in Haiti has been training and hiring thousands of accompagnateurs (community health workers). PiH’s mission statement sums it up:
“We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay. Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.”
From The Guardian:
After Hurricane Matthew, will aid predators ravage Haiti?
by Locelyn McCalla
n Tuesday, Hurricane Matthew moved slowly through Haiti’s south-west armed with heavy rain and 145 miles per hour wind. Any country subjected to a category 4 hurricane would suffer great damage to its infrastructure. Haiti, however, experienced a catastrophe.
Because of that, you are certain to see more pictures of a devastated Haiti in the next few days. Yet westerners wanting to help shouldn’t assume that there are no resources available to Haitians in country. They may not be sufficient and may become depleted quickly, but there are resources. While charitable goods may provide temporary relief, they can hinder recovery in the long run to the extent that they can have a negative impact on the local economy.
A great problem in Haiti is a lack of investment – not humanitarian funds – and that is evident in the aftermath of Matthew. Neither Haitian authorities nor their international allies have invested much in response capacity. The international community’s lack of trust and confidence in Haitian authorities leads to reliance on international NGOs. This results in a piecemeal approach to addressing Haiti’s serious shortcomings. CONTINUE READING AT THE GUARDIAN