The elderly in Haiti struggle to obtain even the most basic necessities. This is concerning to church leaders in Merger de Sibert, and as a result, they have expressed their desire to help fund meals for the elderly in their village. Laman Outreach is partnering with them to provide meals, bedding, help with laundering their clothing, as well as providing medical oversight. Laman Outreach and the church leadership have worked together to identify and begin providing for 30 of the most at-risk elderly in the village with plans to increase the number served as funds become available. In January, 2017 we began offering a direct sponsorship program to meet the needs of each of our 30 elderly. For more information on direct sponsorship, please click here.
Hypertension affects 65% of Haitians over the age of 40, and is the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in Haitian adults ahead of HIV, Cholera, Malaria, and Tuberculosis combined.
Beginning with the participants in the Elderly Project, we are working to combat hypertension with a two-pronged approach — managing existing hypertension and educating to prevent hypertension.
It is estimated that 75% of deliveries in Haiti are attended by traditional birth attendants. “Although these men and women learn valuable skills from family members and friends, many have not been formally trained to recognize danger signs during pregnancy or to utilize life-saving maneuvers for labor and delivery.”*
Laman Outreach has partnered with Midwives for Haiti to bring critically needed training to the traditional birth attendants, or matwòns, currently delivering babies in the Merger de Sibert area.