According to World Bank data, healthcare accounts for only 7.6% of the GDP as compared to nearly 10% in the UK and 17% in the US. As such, Haiti is lacking in modern medical resources that are considered standard in developing nations. These disparities include an insufficient number of hospitals and clinics as compared to the population (1.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people), an insufficient supply of trained nurses, doctors, and other medical providers, lack of technology and medical equipment, and a lack of medications needed to provide adequate care. Compounding the issue is that the majority of the population can’t reach the available access points due to distance and they simply can’t afford the services even if they could get there.
MPACT FOR MANKIND is working to improve the health status of communities in rural Haiti. We work with local churches and organizations to enhance existing medical clinics and programs in these communities. We believe strongly that it is not our duty to apply what we think these communities need by our own standards, but to work along side the people of that community to identify the priorities and achieve positive, sustainable change.This may come in the form of medical mission trips, providing expertise in medical care and healthcare administration, education or building up basic resources to promote the health of the community.