Improving access to healthcare in vulnerable communities in Haiti

Topics: Americas, Community Health
January 29, 2015

Germaine Charles and her 10-month-old son

Five years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Canadian Red Cross continues to improve access to health services for vulnerable communities in Haiti.  In the South-East region, the Canadian Red Cross is investing $35 million in a health program that will improve access to quality health services for mothers, newborns and children, and strengthen community resilience through community care and first aid.  Program activities include rebuilding or expanding four health centres to provide rural communities with access to health care. 

Germaine Charles and her 10-month-old son, Jean, are two individuals who have benefitted from this program.

“I am very pleased with this project from the Red Cross because this health centre helps many people in the community to have better health,” said Germaine, who visited the centre with baby Jean. Germaine furthered explained that her whole family visits the centre regularly, as they receive very good care.

Germaine Charles believes the health centre has provided a positive impact on many lives in the community.

“I say a big thank you to the Haitian Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross, donors who helped to finance the project, which helps us to improve our health. I encourage them to always accompany the Haitian people, to always help us to live in better conditions because we are still very vulnerable,” added Germaine.