Tell us about your partnerships
To maximize achieving our goals, we work with the Cap Haitien Health Network (60+ NGOs) as well as local/elder leaders. And, Open Door Missionary has established a clinic, feeding station, and school, which provides a safe, secure environment for our project. Most directly, we work with MFK, whose mission is to develop, produce, and distribute highly nutritious foods and educate Haiti’s healthcare providers and the Government about its benefits. Haiti’s Health Ministry has formally adopted RUTF into its national protocols for the treatment of childhood malnutrition.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We are targeting one pilot location because we want to identify what works and what doesn’t. Ongoing program scrutiny and revision is paramount to ensuring goals are met. By rolling it out one community at a time, we can make adjustments, identify other appropriate sites (e.g., Shada Clinic), and train more Haitian personnel. Based on statistics for the country as a whole, the population <15 years of age is about, 6,560. Assuming an even age distribution, the population < than 5 years is about 2,188. If 1 in 10 is suffering from acute malnutrition, our overall target is 200 children.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
HUFH, an organization of 40 doctors, nurses, and humanitarians, is dedicated to making changes in the health care of Haitians through mobile clinics and educational efforts. We have “buy in” from the local village leaders, including the church Pastor. We have met with MFK representatives who, based on a site visit, have identified this as a very worthy site. We have a beautiful facility in the clinic, with locked safe areas for storage of the products/goods needed. The intervention will be based on MFK’s established and proven Medical Protocols. The Project Director, Jill Ratner, MD, has 28 years of pediatric experience and has traveled/worked in Haiti extensively on 5 trips over the last 2 years. Our Board supports this project and will provide ongoing personnel to ensure it flourishes.
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