Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti

HAS is focused on preventive medicine and community development through its vaccination campaigns and malnutrition prevention program.

HAS (Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti) was founded in 1956 by Dr. Larry and Gwen Mellon. Inspired by the medical and humanitarian work of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Mellons devoted their lives to building and operating a modern hospital in rural central Haiti. 

The Community Malnutrition Prevention program at HAS offers a community-based model of diagnosis and care to prevent and treat malnutrition in children under five.  In Haiti, 1 in 5 children is malnourished, 1 in 10 is acutely malnourished, and 88 of 1000 (1 in 11) will die before their fifth birthday.  This early work in malnutrition care was eventually adopted by the World Health Organization as the world standard for vaccination campaigns.  

Malnutrition Prevention Program: Each month, HAS community health agents screen more than 10,000 children under 5 for malnutrition at community health posts. Children receive vitamin A, multivitamins, and vaccinations to help keep them healthy. Mothers receive education and encouragement for breastfeeding and healthy child feeding practices. They also receive education on health topics such as hygiene, clean water, and prevention of disease, all of which have an impact on the nutrition status of the child. If a child is identified to have malnutrition, HAS treats them at the outpatient malnutrition treatment program closest to their home until they are recovered.

Learn more at http://hashaiti.org/about/originsmission/.

Chrismene educated the mothers and gave multivitamins, vitamin A and vaccinations to the children 6-59 months of age who attended the health post.

Chrismene measures the mid-upper arm circumference of a child to check for malnutrition. The children also receive multivitamins, vitamin A and vaccinations at the health post.