Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

Changing Lives - One Person at a Time

aka HHF   |   Norwich, CT   |  www.HaitianHealthFoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities in Haiti, through healthcare, education and community development.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. E. Marilyn Lowney

Main address

97 Sherman Street

Norwich, CT 06360 USA

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Formerly known as

Haitian Dental Foundation, Inc.

Haitian Health Clinic, Inc.

EIN

06-1135999

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Public Health Program (E70)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world (GDP per capita of US$846 in 2014) and most areas in the country are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. HHF serves the country's Southern Peninsula, one of the most impoverished and remote areas, with high rates of maternal and child mortality; childhood diseases including pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition; extremely poor housing and chronic housing shortages; high numbers of children do not attend school; lack of sanitation and infrastructure such as roads, bridges; and growing political instability and anti-government protests over high food prices and corruption. In October, 2016, Hurricane Matthew battered the south of Haiti, which was the most devastating disaster since the 2010 earthquake. The losses in agriculture, livestock and fishing have had a long-term impact on the livelihood of the affected communities, relative to food security and sources of income.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Health Care

HHF provides health care for over 250,000 of Jeremie's poorest residents.

OUTPATIENT CLINIC: HHF’s clinic in Jérémie provides the following:

Fully stocked pharmacy
Medical X-ray and sonogram—the only such services in the area
Clinical laboratory
Five patient examination rooms
Fully equipped and staffed dental clinic
Diabetes treatment center
Staff of physicians, dentists, nurses, technical assistants, etc.

In 2001, through the generous support of benefactors, the Center of Hope was constructed. The Center of Hope is a residential treatment facility for two of the most vulnerable and fragile populations in rural Haiti: at-risk pregnant women and severely malnourished children.The Maternal Waiting Home provides residential care for women in high-risk pregnancies. Village women previously had to walk for hours to receive treatment, travel in a "rickshaw” ambulance, or on the back of a motorcycle, often losing their children and their lives. This facility enables them to be close to the local hospital, helping to decrease maternal and newborn mortality. While at the Center of Hope, the women receive excellent prenatal care, nutritious meals, and clean and comfortable housing.

Public Health Outreach- HHF also provides health care services through a public health outreach to over 100 mountain village in the Jérémie area. Health services include: immunizations, de-worming, vitamins, well-baby care, frequent health checks (including weighing and nutritional/health counseling), and vitamin A distribution to prevent childhood blindness.There are over 100 rural mountain villages under Haitian Health Foundation’s "umbrella of care.” The villagers are committed to self-help, cooperation, and hard work for the health of the residents.

Where available, each village has a dedicated Health Agent—a resident Haitian who is trained to provide excellent health care, 24/7. The dedicated (or shared) Health Agents provide health education and primary care for between 3,000–4,000 rural villagers. Health agents also work to educate the community on preventative healthcare.

Population(s) Served

Happy Houses-

Since 1997, the HHF has been providing housing for the homeless and for poor families residing in hovels in rural southern Haiti.

Housing for many in rural Haiti is deplorable. Often, large families live together in small, rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags, and straw with dirt floors. Vermin – including mice, rats, and insects – are impossible to control, and the straw roofs constantly leak or are blown away by even fairly mild rainstorms. Space is so sparse that people sometimes sleep in shifts.

Our Happy House program replaces these shacks with concrete block buildings with a cement floor, a tin roof, windows and doors. Recipients participate in building the houses by providing labor when possible, as well as sand, rocks, and water. The Happy House construction costs approximately $1,250 per house. Families often feel that their Happy House is a mansion when compared with their previous dwelling. The Happy House provides humane living conditions, improved sanitation and dignity. In addition:
Communities grow through cooperation and care for the extremely poor.
Protection from the elements and improved sanitation results in improved health.
Poor families are empowered through their contributions to the realization of their own home.
Trades workers and other laborers gain employment and opportunities to improve their skills.
The local economy benefits from the sale of building materials.

Clean Latrines Project- The building of latrines encourages sanitation and helps to curtail the spread of disease related to lack of proper waste disposal. To date, many hundreds of latrines have been built in Jérémie and surrounding villages.

Give a Goat Project- his project purchases and distributes goats to rural families who are chosen by local committees on the basis of economic status, participation in health education, and their commitment to the growth of their communities. These hardy animals are adaptive to hilly terrain and easy to raise.

The goat is bred, bartered, or used as a source of animal protein for people on meager diets. With average incomes of $90-$300 per year, it is next to impossible for the poor of Jérémie to purchase a goat without the help of good people who care about their survival. The goat project helps make Jérémie’s poor families more independent and self-sufficient, providing a crucial sense of dignity.

Population(s) Served

In Haiti, access to elementary and high school is neither free nor compulsory. With average incomes of less than $300 per year, parents cannot afford tuition, uniforms, books, and supplies for their children, depriving them of the right to an education, and ensuring continuing ignorance for the next generations. In fact, estimates are that less than 40 percent of children attend school and less than one percent graduate from high school.

Since 1988, our education programs have provided access to school for poor Haitian children, helping these students learn to read, write, sum, etc. and helping to ensure a better future for themselves as well as their country.

HHF also constructed and fully supports the St. Pierre School, a K-7 school in downtown Jérémie. Over 800 of the poorest children attend this school. HHF also provides a free lunch to the students, usually their only meal of the day. Teachers describe how these children come to school malnourished and lethargic—but within a few months of healthy lunches, they are active and fully participate in class!
In the school year 2015-2016, over 3,200 students attended school through HHF’s education program and the St. Pierre School. Your gift of $300 will provide for a year’s education for a poor child by providing tuition, uniforms, books, and shoes.

Past and current educational efforts of the Haitian Health Foundation, include:

- Supporting the creation of a school to teach welding to street boys—providing them with employable skills. Over 30 boys are in training at one time.

- Supporting the founding of a school of nursing in Jérémie, which graduates 18 nurses each year. The program is one of only five nursing schools in Haiti. HHF also provides a clinical practicum for the nurses in nutrition and public health.

-Continuing to send young men and women to universities in Port-au-Prince for advanced studies, including medical, nursing, medical technology, computer and accounting schools.

Population(s) Served

Feed-A-Child- Malnutrition is endemic in Haiti, and children and pregnant women are especially in need of food. With the recent inflation in food prices, and extreme devaluation of the local currency, adequate nutrition is even further beyond the reach of the poor. People talk of having “The Clorox”—hunger pangs so painful that it feels like one has swallowed bleach. Children lack sufficient calories to survive in rural Haiti with 15% dying before their fifth birthday. For $300 per year ($25 each month), sponsors provide hot, nutritious meals to malnourished children.

Children are also de-wormed, given vitamins and immunizations, and weighed to ensure that they are thriving, with caretakers receiving nutritional education. Currently, the Foundation is feeding over 1,500 children and prenatal/nursing women, with 100% of donor funds directly servicing this program. Ready to Feed-a-Child?

On the Center of Hope property, HHF also built a Feeding Pavilion. HHF feeds warm, protein-rich meals to several thousand children—children who are malnourished, but not sick enough to be admitted to the Center of Hope. Pregnant women are also fed at this pavilion. While the children and mothers are at the Feeding Pavilion, HHF uses the opportunity to conduct health checkups, especially on infants and children—for example, weight monitoring, vaccinations, de-worming, and maternal education. In addition, parents are provided more food to bring back to the other children at home.

Population(s) Served

Save-a-Family

Over 1,000 sponsors in the U.S., Europe and Canada donate $25 or more per month and are matched with needy Haitian families. This monthly support provides shelter, food, and education for children. In addition, donor families regularly send needed protein-rich food, clothing, and other supplies via container shipments from the U.S. Learn how you can begin to Save-a-Family.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

School is not free in Haiti. Nearly 50% of children do not attend due to poverty. HHF covers school costs so many children can learn to read, write & count.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HHF began operations in Jérémie in 1985, fueled with the desire to provide excellent services to meet the health and dental care needs of the area it serves with five focused areas: 1) primary care, 2) illness prevention 3) health promotion 4) community capacity building, and 5) service integration. Today, HHF not only provides health and dental care, but also sustainable community development strategies, education assistance, and relief services to more than 250,000 people in over 100 rural villages.

HHF's healthcare strategies ensure access to either free or affordable health care that include: perinatal and well-baby care; residential care for severely malnourished children and women with high-risk pregnancies; disease prevention and management; HIV/TB prevention and management, diabetes management; and mental and dental health services, including an extensive school-based oral health education and prevention program. HHF also made it a priority to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in the Grande-Anse, working with the local Ministry of Health, with main objectives to improve maternal and newborn care, to increase exclusive breastfeeding, to increase the number of women using family planning methods, to strengthen local organizations' and communities' institutional capacity to implement effective maternal and child health activities, and to advocate for community-based maternal and newborn interventions coupled with a community-supported emergency evacuation system. HHF addresses the principal causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality through maternal/newborn care, breastfeeding and child spacing.

HHF's education program strives to make education a top priority and to expand access to education for the most vulnerable children and young adults in the greater Jeremie region. The program works by directly paying a child's accredited primary school, secondary school, university or trade school tuition and eligible fees.

HHF's development program strives to work collaboratively with women, families, and others who traditionally have no voice to build vibrant communities across the greater Jeremie area. This is achieved through the promotion of cleaner, safer construction of housing, distribution of goats for the purpose of food security and micro-enterprising, sustainable agriculture strategies and micro lending.

HHF has a strong physical presence with 2 main physical structures in Jérémie and satellite clinics in four locations. The HHF clinic in Jérémie is a fully equipped, 27,000-square-foot structure providing outpatient, dental and mental health, X-ray, and pharmacy services to more than 120,000 patients a year. The clinic building also houses administrative offices, including a three-person finance office and a well-equipped information technology department with remote access from the US. The Center of Hope (COH), HHF's child and maternal health facility in Jérémie, provides prenatal and postnatal services and access to health care on both a residential and walk-in basis. The residential program provides care to women who are diagnosed with: high blood pressure in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, toxemia); gestational diabetes or glucose intolerance in pregnancy; a history of premature or multiple births; teen pregnancy; a positive diagnosis for HIV/AIDS infection; or advanced age. HHF also admits all severe cases of kwashiorkor into this unit. The malnourished children are often identified at health posts conducted by the community health team and/or after examination at COH. All are provided with nutrients per WHO protocols and the mothers are educated on nutrition, hygiene, and family planning.

HHF provides obstetric emergency transportation services in the mountain areas where women access care during labor only with difficulty. Two HHF ambulances are stocked with medicine and equipment and manned by staff trained to respond to emergencies in the field.

HHF has established an excellent network, with a presence in many mountain villages and 48 staff members actually living and working in the villages.

HHF has earned the trust of the community it serves, which is a significant asset when disaster strikes such as Hurricane Matthew. All HHF attempts to meet the community's immediate needs were successful and without violence or unrest.

HHF shares experiences and lessons learned nationally and internationally. An effective and effectively documented approach to primary healthcare as well as to citizen participation, rigorous use of health care data at all levels, and open communication have yielded opportunities for professional outreach.

HHF has an unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of the community it serves through high quality performance. HHF has invested resources solely in the greater area of Jeremie since 1985. We have an equally committed team of 187 employees (99% Haitian), many who have worked for HHF for at least 10+ years and “Health Agents" who live and work in the villages they serve, and are trusted and respected by the villagers.

HHF's discipline to think strategically and promote leadership with an ability to inspire a culture of individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision and successfully manage community and organizational change to attain the organization's strategic goals and successful performance. HHF has the people with the right skills to deliver its strategic goals, including identifying and addressing capability gaps. Yearly, the performance of the staff is aligned with HHF's strategic priorities.

As stated previously, Haiti is a country of many challenges, and HHF has demonstrated its ability to adapt to great changes, including having to give up processes and technologies to create new skills and approaches to ensure its continuous survival and success.

A guiding philosophy upon which all HHF endeavors are based is the importance of the individuals who participate in and contribute to its various programs. For example, the people served by HHF in the Jeremie area are encouraged to participate in all areas of HHF activities, including planning, preventive education, community development, and utilization of services, along with other efforts intended for the improvement of individual, family and community well-being. Also, volunteers from the US with medical and other skills or expertise are encouraged to work closely with their Haitian counterparts in the sharing of information and methodologies. This rapport enhances the cultural experience of the volunteers while providing continuing education for Haitian professionals.

HHF's values of respect, honesty, compassion, and commitment that are aligned with personal and organizational ethical and professional code of conduct, including a responsibility to the patient and community.

HHF has an excellent reputation and is looked to by other service providers, organizations and the Haitian government as a leader, including the provision of technical assistance to other NGO's. HHF enjoys an excellent relationship with local authorities, including the Ministry of Health, and work hard to maintain the trust established among the people we serve.

HHF has a strong financial foundation with highly committed donors for decades.

• High quality healthcare services including our outpatient clinic, mental health, the only X-Ray services in the Grand'Anse, sonography, laboratory, and pharmacy. HHF's plan is to continue scaling up its access to primary healthcare services in the remote areas of Jeremie. For example, HHF is currently building a community health center to serve a catchment area of 45,000+ patients.
• A full service dental clinic with school-based dental disease prevention programs, including fluoride and emergency treatment. HHF is currently scaling up such services to schools in the remote villages through dental health clinics with mobile equipment.
• Established Haiti's first maternal waiting home, which continues to serve as a residential facility for women with high-risk pregnancies within the Center of Hope.
• A family assistance program known as “Save a Family" which provides tuition and other school-related expenses, housing and medical costs for over 450 vulnerable families.
• Thousands of children have had and continue to have access to formal education, including higher education.
• A housing project that has built over 3000 houses and repaired more than 800 houses. With private donations, HHF will continue to build and repair houses.
• A sustainable sanitation-building project – microflush toilets in rural areas.
• A goat-donation project with organized community groups.
• Significant reduction in malnutrition among pregnant and lactating women and children under five years old. HHF will continue expanding its education and malnutrition relief program for hundreds of malnourished children as well as its surveillance and referral systems to identify and refer children with Kwashiorkor to the Center of Hope.
• Public health outreach to approximately 200,000 people in four counties.

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Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Jeremiah Lowney

Retired Orthodontist

Jeremiah Lowney

Retired Orthodontist

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