Population: 9,719,932 (July 2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $1,200 (2011 est.)

Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2009): $71

Reportedly the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. A massive unequal distribution of wealth sees 55% of the population living below the extreme poverty line of US $1/day. Living standards are worse in rural areas, and much of the population is plagued by malnutrition, food insecurity, and lack of clean water.

On January 12, 2010 a severe earthquake (magnitude 7.0) struck the most populous area of the county. The International Red Cross estimated 3 million people had been affected by the quake, with many thousands killed, many more injured and millions left homeless. An international disaster relief effort began immediately and continues today.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Fondation Haïtienne de Diabète et de Maladies Cardio-vasculaires (FHADIMAC): Dr Nancy Charles Larco and colleagues

Website: http://www.fhadimac.org/

International Supporters: International Diabetes Federation, Australian Diabetes Council, Insulin for Life (IFL)


Commenced: 2010

Type of support: Life for a Child was in early stage discussions with FHADIMAC prior to the 2010 earthquake. A speedy collaboration with International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Nipro Diagnostics meant LFAC was able to send in blood glucose meters and strips to support the registered children. These arrived in late May and were distributed almost immediately to children and youth in need.  Remarkably the FHADIMAC headquarters suffered minimal structural damage, and soon after the earthquake the organization was able to resume their community work in chronic diseases and provided more than 1,000 people with medical attention, biological tests and medication free of charge (IDF, 2010).

Two HbA1c machines and 250 test cartridges were provided in late 2010, thanks to a generous grant from the Visalia County Center Rotary Community Support Association, California.

Insulin, needles/syringes, and strips are being provided on an ongoing basis, and the number of children supported has grown to 40 (December 2011).