The event will take place on Thursday, September 20th , 2012 - 7:00-9:00 PM, at the Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive , Miami Beach, FL
Ecoworks International (EWI) has been working in Haiti since January 2009. It has committed to work in one particular region, Ganthier, in the southeastern part of the country. Ganthier, which is both a ‘county’ and a town, has about 40 villages under its jurisdiction and a population of about 100,000. The Healthcare Center will be the regional center providing urgently needed medical services to the entire population.
Currently, the Healthcare Center is in abysmal condition: the building has no running water, no power, no toilet or sewage; no equipment, supplies, and no doctor. It has fissures, cracks and mold.
Ecoworks International (EWI) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the local community will renovate, equip and staff the center. It will greatly expand the medical practice by having a full time generalist, a part-time OBGYN and a part-time pediatrician. It will also have a nutrition program and a maternity unit to enable women to be followed during their pregnancy and deliver their baby in a clean space attended by professional staff. Women with problem pregnancies will be followed by the center and by a hospital in Port-au-Prince where they will eventually deliver.
According to UNICEF and the World Bank, each year more than 800 women die while pregnant or delivering a baby; and more than 40,000 children five years old and younger die from lack of vaccination, untreated diseases, untreated accidents and severe malnutrition. The real tragedy is that most of these deaths are preventable.
To have a well-functioning and effective healthcare center is the first step towards building a sound economy, excellent education programs, and a sane environment, the three other sectors comprised in EWI’s development plan for Ganthier.
Henryka Manès, EWI’s Executive Director stated that “we are grateful to ONE for giving us a voice that promotes the dire needs of the population of Ganthier.” She reminded us that ““It takes a village to raise a child – it takes all of us to build a world we want to live in.”
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