Haiti is a country in the Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Formerly a French colony, Haiti became the first independent colony in the world in 1804. But political instability, corruption and environmental degradation have led to extreme poverty: Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Many poor live in rural areas where there is still little access to basic services. And in 2010, a devastating earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and left over a million people homeless.
Three of every five women in Haiti give birth without the help of a skilled birth attendant.
Eleven times as many babies die during their first year of life in Haiti compared to Canada.
29 times as many women in Haiti die from pregnancy- related causes compared to Canada.
More than three in five families in Haiti live on less than $1.25 a day.
More than one in five children in Haiti have stunted growth from malnutrition in their first two years of life.
But this can change.
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS.
The Child Survival Program in Haiti will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.