Health and Housing in Haiti

Saint-Marc, Artibonite, Haiti

Kay e Sante nan Ayiti (Creole for Housing and Health in Haiti) is an international project aimed at improving health outcomes in the Bois L’État community of Saint-Marc, Haiti. Our goal is to build a long-lasting community-based health transformation, involving both construction and education.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and the health of its people ranks the lowest in the hemisphere. The country has the highest rates of infant, child, and maternal mortality in the Americas. Additionally, HIV rates in Haiti are the highest in the Western hemisphere and for those living with HIV/AIDS, there is extremely limited access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs. The diseases that cause the greatest morbidity and mortality in Haiti are those that are most acutely linked to living in poverty. Sadly, of every thousand children born in Haiti, 78 die before reaching the age of 5, most frequently from diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections, and malnutrition. Infectious diseases, particularly HIV and TB, are major causes of adult mortality.

Esther Boucicault founded FEBS in 1996 shortly after she was diagnosed with HIV, having lost her first husband and young son to AIDS. She is credited with being the first person in Haiti to publicly admit to having HIV.FEBS aims to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS in and around Saint-Marc, Haiti by providing quality care and supportive services and reducing stigma and discrimination. Services include up-to-date and appropriate HIV counseling, psychological support, AIDS education and prevention, and grassroots advocacy.