In Haiti's rural areas, a shortage of health care centers and doctors are a fact of life. CRS is working with a network of community volunteers to provide better health services for women and young children.
“I look at all the children present, and to see this energetic group of them, the future seems more fruitful.”
- Louisma Toussaint, a healthcare volunteer who has been providing basic check ups to mothers and children in her community in rural HaitiWatch the video
Around the seaport town of Les Cayes, Haiti, there are few doctors or hospitals. CRS is working with volunteers like Louisma Toussaint to set up community healthcare centers. These volunteers help people stay healthy,
and if they do get sick, to get good medical care. CRS trained Louisma and her fellow volunteers to give basic check-ups and medical help. CRS also helped set up a community “rally post”, where families meet with Louisma and the other volunteers. Mothers bring their babies to the rally post for check-ups each month. Louisma weighs and measures the babies to make sure they are healthy and growing, and gives basic vaccines and treatment. When someone is ill or needs to see a doctor, they come to the rally post and Louisma helps them get to the closest hospital. When they come home from the hospital, Louisma checks on them to make sure they are doing well.
A “Mother’s Club” meets at the rally post each month to share stories and get advice from Louisma about keeping themselves and their children healthy. They also have a community garden where they grow vegetables and fruits. Mothers share recipes and use vegetables from the garden to make healthy, balanced meals at home.
Lousima and her fellow volunteers are making a big difference. Since Louisma began as a volunteer, the number of children who suffer from malnutrition in her community has dropped by nearly half. Louisma has noticed that children in her community are healthier. “I look at all the children present, and to see this energetic group of them, the future seems more fruitful.”