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Midwife in Haiti

Midwife in Haiti

Here is the picture of a midwife who is offering care, dignity and a lifeline for a Haitian mother during childbirth.

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Haitian children fathered by U.N. peacekeepers

Haitian children fathered by U.N. peacekeepers

Here is a picture of Haitian children fathered by U.N. peacekeepers.

The U.N. peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, was sent to Haiti in 2004 to keep order following a movement that toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. since, some peacekeepers have been accused of several abuses including rape, using excessive force, introducing cholera and fathering children in some cases with under age women.

A recent report released by the United Nation has brought to light the dark side of the U.N personnel-- sexual exploitation and abuse against civilians while they were stationed in countries plagued by conflict and natural disaster. The revelation came after interviewing 231 people in Haiti, who claimed that they were forced to perform sexual acts with the UN peacekeepers in exchange for 'basic necessities'. In the past, the UN workers were accused in a similar way of fathering and subsequently abandoning children at the end of their deployment in Cambodia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Sudan, Kosovo, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A report reveals that UN Peacekeepers fathered 24,500 babies in Cambodia and 6,600 in Liberia. The U.N. force in Haiti currently includes 4,899 uniformed personnel, a combination of military and civilian police, from more than a dozen countries. As per Ghandi Shukry, the head of a Conduct and Discipline Unit in the U.N. mission, 29 claims for paternity have been submitted against MINUSTAH to the U.N. in Haiti and 18 of them were classified as 'victims', because they were receiving some kinds of supports. There are many unreported instances of non-payment where the women took the badges of the peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media. However, in 2003, the U.N Secretary General circulated a bulletin on "Zero Tolerance Policy" in this regard.

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Human Trafficking In Haiti

Human Trafficking In Haiti

Haitian children trafficked for sex and labor to the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas. The majority of trafficking cases are found among the estimated 90,000 to 300,000 restaveks in Haiti, and the 3,000 additional restaveks who are trafficked to the Dominican Republic.

Haiti for being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is a primary source for human trafficking. It is a country where 80% of the populations live below the poverty line and 54% are in abject poverty. A large number of Haitian children are regularly trafficked for sex and labor to the neighboring Caribbean countries, mostly to the next door neighbor Dominican Republic. Child domestic workers ("restavec" in Creole) are perhaps amongst the most exploited sectors in Haiti of whom 65% are girls between the ages of 6 and 14. Most of Haiti's trafficking cases are restaveks. In a UNICEF report following the 2010 earthquake, it was found that homeless children, children separated from families and many children picked up from the hospitals were shipped outside the country for money. Some of the trafficking agencies work in the disguise of child adoption organizations. The Government of Haiti employs very minimum efforts and made limited progress in anti-trafficking activities, neither it provides any direct or specialized service to the trafficking victims.

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Hospital Grace pour Enfants, Port-au-Prince

Hospital Grace pour Enfants, Port-au-Prince

The Grace Children's Hospital or Hospital Grâce pour Enfants in Port-au-Prince was founded in 1967 by International Child Care (ICC) following a visit by its founders Jim and Virginia Snavley to Haiti. The hospital is considered as one of the leading medical facilities in Haiti which is dedicated to the treatment of children tuberculosis and every year it receives thousands of Haitian children who are suffering from HIV, malnutrition and other diseases.

The Grace Children's Hospital is located in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where the greatest need of such medical services very much exist. About 80% of this hospital building was irreparably damaged in the earthquake of 2010, but the hospital continues to provide essential medical services from temporary facilities with the support from the Association of players in the National Hockey League and World Vision. Recently, former NHL player Georges Laraque and Carolyn Hebert, acting director for World Vision, Canada Quebec, visited Grace Children's Hospital to review the progress on rebuilding work since 2011.

More Hospitals - Departement Ouest, Port-au-Prince
Centre Hospitalier Du Sacre Coeur
Diquini Hospital - (Adventist Hospital)
Hopital Asile Francais d'Haiti
Hospital Bernard Mevs
Hospital de la Trinité,
Hospital de l'Université d'État, Port-au-Prince
Hospital de Canapé Vert, Port-au-Prince
Hospital Saint-Damien (Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs), Tabarre
Hospital Saint-François de Sales

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Children with gun in Cite soleil

Children with gun in Cite soleil

Here are two children in the back of a car of a gang leader in the slum of Cite Soleil. These children are heavily armed . This picture was taken from a video filmed in Haiti in 2004 before the departure of Former President Jean Bertrand Aristide to exile. He is part of the group known as Chimè Cite Soleil.

In 2004, the United Nations termed the slums of Port-au-Prince and Cité Soleil as "the most dangerous place on earth." The outstation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004 left a large number of 9 mm weapons, 38's, American-style machine guns, M-14's and hand grenades in the hands of his supporters. As a consequence of this, regular exchange of ammunition among the gangs and with the UN peacekeeping force was a routine matter. Following Aristide's exit, one study found that about 8,000 people in Port-au-Prince alone were murdered and over 35,000 sexually assaulted. Cité Soleil is an extremely impoverished and densely populated commune within the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. The streets here are controlled by various gangs, some more violent than others. The gangs operate here like secret army. Even children here carry guns which are smuggled from the U.S and South America. They have grenade launchers, laser-guided rifles and sniper stuff; and even today, day by day, it is getting worse. It is a dangerous place on earth where the guns rule

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Sister Dona found innocent after 42 months in prison

Sister Dona found innocent after 42 months in prison

Here is a picture of Sister Dona. She was found innocent after 42 months in prison.

On December 17, 2015, Dieudonne Pierre Bélizaire, better known as Sister Dona, founder of the orphanage of 'Sisters Redemptive of Nazareth", has been cleared of kidnapping charges in a criminal court in Port-au-Prince, and was released immediately. Sister Dona was in the Civil Prison of Petion-ville since 21 June 2012 in connection with the kidnapping of a child named 'Raphaël Chenet' from her orphanage, a crime which she vehemently denied from the beginning. During the crime, as per report, she was not even in Haiti. As per Kenscoff Peace Court records, Djimmy Mémé, one employee of the orphanage, had confessed the crime on July 18, 2011; he took $2,000 from a couple (Péguy Blanc and Christine) who wanted to adopt Raphaël Chenet. Djimmy picked up the child from the orphanage and handed the child to Péguy Blanc. Most of these facts were confirmed by Djimmy's cell phone records and were noted in the Registry records of the Kenscoff Peace Court. However, Djimmy Mémé, the main criminal of the crime despite his confessions and facts, was released by the Substitute Commissioner of the Government, Rodriguez for unknown reasons.

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Pastor creates reusable diaper to help children in Haiti

Pastor creates reusable diaper to help children in Haiti

Here is a simple but major invention that is supposed to improve sanitary living condition in Haiti. A Pastor creates reusable diaper to help children in Haiti.

Michael Wahl has a mission to ensure clean and healthy living for people living in the developing nations. When Pastor Michael Wahl witnessed how the infants and toddlers in the underdeveloped villages in Haiti openly poop in the house and how such waste is disposed unhygienically, he recognized some of the leading causes of uncontrolled spread of diseases like dysentery, cholera, typhus fever and typhoid. Earlier, he had worked on some projects to provide filtered water to some dry areas in Haiti. Now he realized that having clean water alone would not solve Haiti's problems with sanitation. He decided that something needed to be done to eliminate the open pooping of the infants in the house, He along with his wife Starla, created a reusable diaper called DriButts (the name of his NGO) in partnership with Slingshot(r) Product. These long lasting diapers include a super absorbent bamboo cloth liner with natural anti-microbial properties. During Michael's last visit to Haiti in the early September, he has distributed 720 reusable DriButts Diapers to 360 rural area families-- --- enough for an infant for two years. Wahl will return to Haiti in December with more diapers.

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Some 25% of Haitian children suffer from intestinal parasites

Some 25% of Haitian children suffer from intestinal parasites

It is estimated that close to 25% of Haitian children are suffering from intestinal parasites.

A study conducted by Ministry of Public Health and Population; Ministry of Education, and National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation reveals 25% of children from 6 to 15 are infected with intestinal parasites.

Haiti has no quarantine law, and Haitians don't understand the deadly consequences of the parasites: abdominal pain, anemia, memory loss, and in some cases death.

Mobile school clinics have been deworming the student population ". . . but re-contamination is problematic."

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Hospital Espoir, Port-au-Prince

Hospital Espoir, Port-au-Prince

The needs for a modern well run good pediatric hospital in Haiti is always great. Hospital Espoir or Hope Hospital has already 20 years of service to its credit. The hospital building that withstood the earthquake of 2010 was first constructed in 1993 to take care of the sick children on an outpatient basis. A year later, in 1994, full pediatric service was ready. Today, the fifty beds Hope Hospital is operating under the guidance of its Medical Director Dr. Max Dernnisante and the Executive Director Dr. Darlene Gousse. After the earthquake, the hospital has added other services like orthopedic and trauma care to meet the needs of patients.

In August 2011, Compassionate Resource Warehouse in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has donated an ambulance to Hospital Espoir . Besides their regular medical staff, the hospital is supported by outside Haitian specialist doctors. The hospital has two operating rooms, a delivery room, neonatology care, emergency room, departments for ultrasonography, radiology, urology, pharmacy and a laboratory that operates seven days a week.
Some additional Hospitals in the area:

Centre Hospitalier Du Sacre Coeur
Diquini Hospital - (Adventist Hospital)
Hopital Asile Francais d'Haiti
Hospital Bernard Mevs
Hospital de la Trinité,
Hospital de l'Université d'État, Port-au-Prince
Hospital de Canapé Vert, Port-au-Prince
Hospital Saint-Damien (Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs), Tabarre
Hospital Saint-François de Sales
Hospital St Louis(Doctors without borders (MSF), French)

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Clinique Maternite de Petion-Ville

Clinique Maternite de Petion-Ville

Clinique Maternité de Pétion-Ville is located next to Pétionville and is in Ouest Department in Haiti. Maternité de Pétion-Ville has a length of 60 meters. The clinic is supervised by its present Medical Director: Dr. Georges Charles who can be contacted at: 3443-3388 and 3730-8791. The other contact details of the clinic are as follows.

Address: 1, Rue Goulard, Petionville (near Place Boyer), Haiti. Phone : (509) 29 43 11 60 ; (509) 22 26 02 00 and Email :climapev01@yahoo.fr

Some more Health facilities in the area near Clinique Maternité de Pétion-Ville:
Clinique Maternité de Pétion-Ville
Clinique Chirurgicale Lambert Sante, Pétionville
Hospital De Fermathe (Baptist Mission)
Hospital Eliazar Germain, Petion-Ville
Hospital de la Communauté Haïtienne, Pétionville
PULMOMED-24 Hour Life Support

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