Along with being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti is one of the most disadvantaged countries in the developing world. It ranks 153 out of 177 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index (2004). The World Food Programme reports 76 percent of Haitians live on less than US$2 per day, while 55 percent live on less than US$1 per day.
Fourty-two percent of children under five are affected by chronic malnutrition. While easily preventable, malnutrition kills 28 percent children.
The CIA World Fact Book ranks Haiti along with Afghanistan and Somalia as one of the three countries of the world with the worst daily caloric deficit per inhabitant (460 kcal/day). Around 2.4 million Haitians cannot afford the minimum 2,240 daily calories recommended by the World Health Organization.
Project Medishare not only joins the fight in proper healthcare in Haiti, but is fighting hunger and malnutrition. In May 2007, the organization broke ground on a new facility to house an Akamil processing plant, training center and lodging for visiting doctors, nurses and medical students.
Akamil is a nutritional product made from locally-grown cereal and beans blended into powder and fortified with essential micronutrients and vitamins. The new processing plant will allow Project Medishare to fill the nutritional deficits currently observed among children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and HIV/AIDS & TB patients in Haiti.
Read more about the Nutrition and Training Center currently being built in Thomonde, Haiti.
Click here to donate to this worthwhile project and to help Project Medishare fight malnutrition in Haiti’s Central Plateau.