The elderly in Haiti struggle to obtain even the most basic necessities. This was concerning to church leaders in Merger de Sibert and Renaissance Village, and as a result, they 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 provide for 65 of the most needy elderly in the two villages. We offer a direct sponsorship program to meet the needs of each of our 65 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.
Working with healthcare professionals and organizations on the ground in Haiti, we have developed community based health education initiatives and hold weekly classes at our community center on critical topics such as Nutrition/Malnutrition, Breastfeeding, Childbirth Safety, Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Basic First Aid for the surrounding community. These classes are taught by our own nurses, Bettyna and Mirlande, who have a passion to reach their communities with sorely needed health education. Together they are a powerhouse teaching team!