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In Food-Insecure Haiti, Street Vendors Play a Central Role in Feeding the Capital

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.

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For Children in Dangerous Section of Haiti, Therapy is a Lifeline

Region: Haiti

Topics: AccessEducationHealth

Haiti’s Cité Soleil area, a densely-populated neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is known for violence. A group of mental health professionals now work with children in their schools to help them manage the stress they experience living there.

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Cash-Strapped Haitians Find Voodoo a Cheaper Alternative to Traditional Medicine

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthReligion

Aside from their belief in the supernatural, more and more Haitians are looking for healing from Voodoo priests rather than physicians, because of far lower fees. One former priest likens healing rituals to psychotherapy.

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More Haitians Self-Medicating as Street Vendors Provide Alternative to Pharmacies

Region: Haiti

Topics: Health

In Haiti’s struggling economy and tough job market, selling prescription drugs illegally has become an attractive option – especially since street vendors operate with impunity. But the lower prices and more flexible purchasing options that street vendors provide come at a cost as consumers increasingly forgo pharmacies and formal medical treatment.

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As Kidney Disease Runs Rampant in Haiti, Greater Funding for Hospitals Is Needed

Region: Haiti

Topics: Health

At public hospitals, malfunctioning equipment and a shortage of items used in dialysis mean that patient treatments are likely to be infrequent; costs at private hospitals are prohibitive. In a society that relies on imports of unhealthy processed foods and that has suffered a string of natural disasters, many people have diabetes and hypertension, the chief causes of kidney disease.

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Haiti’s Earthquake Left Many Disabled — Now They’re Rebuilding a More Inclusive Country

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was a disaster on many levels for the small Caribbean country, and its effects are still being felt today: The earthquake ranks among the top causes of disability in Haiti. Part of recovering from the catastrophe means challenging the perception of disabled Haitians.

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Without Easy Access to Basic Health Care, Many Haitians Rely on Unpaid Midwives

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthReproductive Rights

Few Haitians have access to formal health clinics where they can receive basic gynecological care, let alone give birth to their children. Traditional midwives attend most births in the country, even when the women giving birth can’t afford to pay them.

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In Haiti, Pregnant Women Forgo Prenatal Check-Ups at Public Hospitals

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthReproductive Rights

When faced with a choice of going to a public hospital where poor care is common, many women are opting to self-medicate and see traditional midwives instead. Health professionals are working to increase awareness and improve care.

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Featured Photo of a Haitian Sculptor

Region: Haiti

Topics: CultureHealth

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Featured Photo of a Haitian Herb Seller

Region: Haiti

Topics: BusinessHealth

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