About Haiti

Lines - Photo Courtesy Ira Leeds

Photo courtesy Ira Leeds

Haiti is only a 2 hour flight from the U.S., but as one lands at the Port-au-Prince airport, it is hard to reconcile this geographic proximity with what one sees.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The Central Plateau is the poorest and most underserved area in all of Haiti. The severity of poverty in this region is most evident from its health statistics. While Haiti has the most dismal health statistics of the Western Hemisphere, the statistics for the region around Casse are even worse.

Poor health in the Central Plateau is largely due to limited access to healthcare. In most villages, the closest source of care is more than a half-day’s walk away. Project Medishare has prioritized its development in this area for this very reason. In a systematic effort to expand access to healthcare in the most underserved region of Haiti, Medishare has established a healthcare network in the areas surrounding its headquarters. Efforts to expand this program throughout more of the Central Plateau (For more info on expansion plans, visit About Emory Medishare).

Republic of Haiti Facts

  • Population: 8,924,553
  • Language: French and Creole (Literacy rate is only 52.9%)
  • Poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere
  • Life Expectancy: 57.56 years
  • Infant mortality: 62.33 deaths/1,000 live births
  • 80% live below the Poverty Level
  • Outside of Africa, Haiti is the country most affected by HIV/AIDS (5.3% of the adult population is HIV positive)

Learn about current events in Haiti at www.haitiinnovation.org