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As we leave the summer behind, students and teachers will be starting the 2011-2012 school year. In a third world country like Haiti, children face many preventable health risks. We need your help to diminish these risks and you can do so by sponsoring a school child for the year in Haiti. For a mere $10, you can help save a young life by clicking here.

Project Medishare for Haiti developed a School Based Health Program to give every child attending primary schools in the Medishare catchment area in the Central Plateau a physical exam and healthcare during the school year, including vaccinations, an assessment for anemia/malnutrition, a vision and hearing screening, a dental check, de-worming and referral to clinics for follow-up. Your generous donation can help guarantee the continuation of this important program for children of the Central Plateau. Project Medishare sees approximately 12,000 children per year in this program alone.

Project Medishare responded quickly to the Cholera outbreak last year using different prevention methods. This was possible because of Medishare’s long history of community support and education. Meetings were held at the schools to train staff and students on the signs and symptoms of Cholera. Liquid bleach, water treatment tablets, disinfectant and oral rehydration salts were distributed to all of the schools during the first quarter of the school year. Many of the school children participated in Cholera awareness campaigns at their local churches on Sundays. We are doubling our efforts to identify funding in order to provide access to clean water to our populations, most specifically to the school children.

As you prepare your own family and friends for the start of a productive school year, please consider a donation to support this program to keep Haitian students safe and healthy. Just $10 sponsors one child, and with a $100 donation, you can sponsor 10 kids to receive healthcare this year. We appreciate your generosity to ensure that children in Haiti have access to the healthcare they so desperately need.

Thank you for your contribution.

Sincerely,

Dr. Barth A. Green

School Children in Haiti's Central Plateau at a Project Medishare assembly

School Children in Haiti's Central Plateau at a Project Medishare assembly

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The final piece of equipment arrived at the Akamil Production Facility in Thomonde. Project Medishare's construction team will soon begin to put all the equipment in place so we can start working towards a production date. Project Medishare is bringing in a technician to provide training. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

The last piece of equipment required for the Akamil Production Facility arrived in Thomonde last week.

Project Medishare is now in the process of putting all the equipment in place, so that we may start working toward a production start-up date. In the meantime, our staff is arranging for a technician to come to provide training on how to use the equipment properly. Once the technician arrives the facility will be operational and Project Medishare will begin conducting trials on all the equipment.

Soon all the equipment will be put in place and tile layed out along the floors inside the Akamil Production Facility. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

For the past three years Project Medishare has been a part of this hopeful spirit of progress and change in Haiti. Medishare has been working toward a long-term solution regarding hunger and malnutrition in Haiti’s Central Plateau, starting with the community of Thomonde. Project Medishare has been working toward specifically solving the malnutrition problem in Haiti with the construction of the Akamil Production Facility and Nutrition Complex. Construction of the facility began over two years ago and despite severe hurricanes and the recent earthquake, the Akamil Production Facility is finally complete.

Before the earthquake, Project Medishare planned to begin production of Akamil in late-January, however the final piece of equipment was held in customs long after the earthquake. Project Medishare staff for a while feared that the equipment had been damaged in the quake, but it was tucked away safely in the crate and has now arrived in Thomonde.

The Akamil Production Facility will manufacture and distribute AKA1000, often referred to as Akamil (Nutrimil), a mix of locally-grown products such as cereals (rice, corn, millet, wheat) and vegetables (beans) all blended into powder. It is a product of great nutritious value containing building and energetic nutrients, and is affordable to poor families. With the expert consultation of a nutritionist, the finished product will be fortified with a mix of important vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and Vitamin A.

With the recent migration of earthquake victims from Port-au-Prince, Project Medishare’s  population in Thomonde has increased by 29 percent. In Marmont, our population increased by 18 percent. This increases a burden on an already overstressed area when it comes to healthcare and food consumption.

The Akamil Production Facility will not only help battle malnutrition in the Central Plateau, but provide additional jobs for locals in Thomonde and surrounding communities. Project Medishare will also purchase produce from local farmers that will be used as part of the ingredients for Nutrimil (Akamil).

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By Jennifer Browning

As Haiti began recovering from the damage of three consecutive three hurricanes, the small Caribbean country found itself in the midst of food riots in Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, and elsewhere as a result of rapid food cost inflation in early 2008.

Well-intentioned organizations often gather to send packages of food to Haiti and while it is a noble gesture, in reality it does little good. Much can be done to promote food security in Haiti, but it is up to humanitarians big and small to think about ways to make a long-term difference rather than placing a temporary band-aid over the problem. It is important that time, energy, and resources are pulled together to make an actual difference.

In  Bryan Schaaf’s article “Don’t Send Food to Haiti,” he explains why cash contributions are a better choice when humanitarians wish to assist a developing country’s food security situation. Money is easy to transport and, unlike food or other donated items, it doesn’t have to clear customs. More often than not, items sent to Haiti sit in warehouses waiting for inspection and approval.

An accompanying side of the issue is that when food and goods are sent to Haiti, such efforts can actually hurt the economy rather than help. When food and other items can be purchased locally, it puts cash into the economy. When food and other commodities are sent, all too often these seemingly positive efforts end up undermining the local markets.

Schaaf advocates individuals and groups who wish to help Haiti to educate themselves on the root causes of hunger there, share what’s been learned with friends and community, and encourage them to establish a long-term relationship with an organization doing good work in Haiti. It is important that supporters know that while there are challenges, things are changing and there is hope in Haiti.

Haitian farmers in Thomonde prepare a trial field just outside of town. Project Medishare brought in the agriculture component in parntership with The Global Institute at the University of Miami as part of the Integrated Community Development Program. When the Akamil Facility begins production this year, it will use grains and other ingrediants purchased from local farmers. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

For the past three years Project Medishare has been a part of this hopeful spirit of progress and change in Haiti. Medishare has been working toward a long-term solution regarding hunger and malnutrition in Haiti’s Central Plateau, starting with the community of Thomonde. Project Medishare has been working toward specifically solving the malnutrition problem in Haiti with the construction of the Akamil Production Facility and Nutrition Complex. Construction of the facility began over two years ago and despite severe hurricanes, the Akamil Production Facility is finally complete. Currently, equipment for the production facility is being installed. Project Medishare is expecting to begin production of Akamil this year.

The Akamil Production Facility will manufacture and distribute AKA1000, often referred to as Akamil, a mix of locally-grown products such as cereals (rice, corn, millet, wheat) and vegetables (beans) all blended into powder. It is a product of great nutritious value containing building and energetic nutrients, and is affordable to poor families. With the expert consultation of a nutritionist, the finished product will be fortified with a mix of important vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and Vitamin A.

If you would like to join Project Medishare and be a part of Haiti’s continuing growth and progress, click here to make a donation. Donors can choose to make a general donation, or support one of Project Medishare’s many programs like the Safe Water Project, the Medical Complex and Training Center for Childhood Nutrition, or perhaps the Pediatrics Surgical Program.

Click here to read Bryan Schaaf’s article which gives a closer look to the food security situation in Haiti and explains why you shouldn’t send food to Haiti.

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By Jennifer Browning

Because Rome’s U.N. Food and Agriculture offices are unheated at night, U.N. Food Chief Jacques Diouf bundled up with a hat, scarf and overcoat over his pajamas and spent the night on a makeshift mattress in an effort to draw attention to the 1 billion chronically malnourished people before next week’s U.N. food summit. Diouf began the 24-hour strike at 8 p.m. Friday in the lobby FAO offices.

Diouf along with the FAO hopes to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s hungry as well as put pressure on world leaders to help combat malnutrition.

The Akamil Production Facility sits behind a new generator, the first equipment to be installed for the facility. The Akamil Production Facility will manufacture and distribute Akamil, a mix of locally-grown products such as cereals (rice, corn, millet, wheat) and vegetables (beans) all blended into powder. It is a product of great nutritious value containing building and energetic nutrients, and is affordable to poor families. With the expert consultation of a nutritionist, the finished product will be fortified with a mix of important vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and Vitamin A.

The Akamil Production Facility sits behind a new generator, the first piece of equipment to be installed for the facility. The Akamil Production Facility will manufacture and distribute Akamil, a mix of locally-grown products such as cereals (rice, corn, millet, wheat) and vegetables (beans) all blended into powder. The finished product will be fortified with a mix of important vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and Vitamin A.

On the heels of the upcoming UN Food Summit, Project Medishare has been working toward specifically solving the malnutrition problem in Haiti with the construction of the Akamil Production Facility and Nutrition Complex. Construction of the facility began over two years ago and despite severe hurricanes the Akamil Production Facility is finally complete. Currently, equipment for the production facility is being installed. Project Medishare is expecting to conduct trial runs of the Akamil product in December.

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akamil_child.jpgA recent Associated Press article alarmed many as they read about Charlene Dumas eating mud patties in Cite Soliel, one of Haiti’s worst slums.

Project Medishare for Haiti has been working to combat childhood malnutrition and related diseases in Haiti, still the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, for 14 years. Haiti has long battled malnutrition where 23 percent of its children are reported as malnourished. Past Port-au-Prince, up and over mountains in Haiti’s Central Plateau 33 percent of Haiti’s children face malnutrition.

Akamil facility construction continues despite delays from the rainy season and this year's hurricanesCurrently, Project Medishare is focusing on a local solution which will not only provide meals but economic development around Thomonde in Haiti’s Central Plateau. The Akamil processing plant which will accompany the Nutrition and Training Facility is currently under construction in Thomonde.

Akamil is a nutritional product made from locally grown cereal and beans all blended into powder, and fortified with essential micronutrients and vitamins. This new Akamil processing plant, located with in the Training Facility will allow Project Medishare to fill the nutritional deficits currently observed among children, pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as HIV/AIDS & TB patients in Haiti.

The Akamil processing plant and the Nutrition and Training facility is already creating an economic impact by currently providing 175 short-term construction jobs. Upon completion 29 people in the local community will have a permanent job.

While the Akamil processing plant and Nutrition and Training Facility will give a training center for healthcare providers it will also also provide:

  • Nourishment for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis patients
  • Daily nutrition for 200,000 individuals along Haiti’s Central Plateau
  • Sustainable operating revenue
  • Support 3000 local farmers through the purchase of local grains helping these farmers transition from subsistence farming to cash crop farming.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities for women merchants in the plateau

akamil-plant.jpgWhile Haiti’s rainy season, a variety of hurricanes and tropical depressions have delayed the general construction process, funding is also an issue. Project Medishare still needs $225,000 to complete the final stages of construction of the Akamil facility which will bring much hope and progress to the people of Thomonde and the central plateau.

Join the Project Medishare team in completing the Akamil facility and its accompanying Nutrition and Training Center by clicking here to donate to this worthwhile project. A donation of $50, $100, $500, $1000 or more could help the people of Thomonde in their own battle against hunger and malnutrition.

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