Why NOVA Chose Haiti

People often ask NOVA volunteers why Haiti?  Here are some of the sobering Haitian statistics that lead our founders to choose Haiti back in 2002:

  • Poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere
  • Long history of political instability
  • National governmental support is scarce at best
  • Only 50% of population has health care access (Much less outside Port-au-Prince)
  • Infant (< 5 yrs. Old) mortality 127/1000 (USA: 6/1000; Spain, France, Germany, Italy: 4/1000; Cuba: 6/1,000)
  • Life expectancy 59.5 years
  • Probability at birth of not surviving to age 40 is 21.4%
  • Tetanus immunization only 12% in pregnancy
  • Only 28% of population has safe water access
  • Undernourished population: 46%
  • Population living below $2 per day is 78%
  • Literacy only 41% of population
  • Public expenditures on health: 2.9% of GDP (USA: 6.9%, Cuba 5.5%)

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