Health Education In Haiti

Haiti is a Caribbean country located on the island of Hisplaniola and is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with a population of 10,461,000. Decades of political instability, ineffective development practices, and natural disasters have left most of the country without any vital services or opportunities for economic growth. One of the many issues that Haiti encounters is poor health due to the lack of health education. Health education standards in this country are tremendously low with their health literacy rate being about 53 percent for males and 51 percent for females, while the average health literacy rate for all Latin American and Caribbean countries is 92 percent. Health education is directed towards improving health …show more content…
The Hope for Haiti Public Health program consists of trained community health workers that help in educating students in public health and preventative care in most of the schools that are in extremely rural parts of southern Haiti. The students in this program learn how to prevent common illnesses, how to keep good hygiene, and know when to address early symptoms of illnesses with the hopes of saving lives. This program will have a very long impact on the children because children are the future of this country. The Mission of Hope Haiti is another community health program that aims to expand patient education and enable communities to live a longer, healthier, and fuller life. This program provides health education that is implemented throughout hospitals, schools, and communities in Haiti. They also provide health sessions that focus on different topics like proper hygiene techniques or how to prevent the spread of diseases. Doctors and nurses teach the community simple at home treatments for minor health issues and educate them on when certain symptoms require medical attention. For certain rural areas in Haiti that have little to no access to a nearby medical care facility, Village Partners International provides mobile clinics to these areas assisting with medical services and health information. These mobile clinics are …show more content…
One of the barriers of the nonprofit organizations is communication failure in educating the people of Haiti. Since the Haitians have an extremely low health literacy rate and incomplete perceptions of health, understanding of the information and acceptance of the messages given to them may be difficult, so a high level of patience must be provided from the health professionals. Communication failure may also be unsuccessful if the health educators cannot speak or do not understand their language, which mostly consists of French and Creole, because the messages will not be able to get across. Another barrier is the sufficient amount of knowledgeable health providers providing health education to this country. The country is composed of many people needing health knowledge and if there are not enough health providers that have specialized education training, it can lead an ineffectiveness of the program because it will be hard to assess any gained knowledge of each individual. A barrier to the mobile clinics is that they only come around twice a month to the rural areas. Since they are not always readily available, if someone were to get severely ill in the time span that they are not there, it can lead to a serious problem because there would not be any source of health care and health

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