Malnutrition in Haiti

The global health problem that I chose to do was malnutrition in Haiti. The effects that malnutrition causes is little to no weight gain, impairment of the immune system and even behavioral changes. In Haiti, it is a leading cause of death among children and it also heavily affects pregnant woman and HIV positive woman. The main reason that malnutrition is in Haiti is because this is one of the more poor developing countries and people lack economic and environmental resources to help contribute more to their families health. There are programs that help  to make the suffering of malnutrition less painful. One of the common ones is the International Child Care (ICC) helps malnutrition patients by offering programs like nutrition and education classes and also improving the hygiene and sanitation of the area. Besides this, the ICC provides immunization for common diseases and if a child is not growing normally they will provide nutritional supplements for them.

A reason that malnutrition was an even a bigger issue in 2010 is because of the earthquake. In a recent article, they discuss how the earthquake displaced 1.5 million people and led to more children getting malnutrition. Once this happened, the Haitian government stepped up and provided the community with help to get people of Haiti back to their normal health. They provided nutritional programs 6 days a week for all the children and adults affected by it. Since this earthquake in 2010, it has been shown that the undernutrition rates have in fact decreased. Recently after the disaster, the government developed the National Action Plan for Recovery and Redevelopment. This group helped provide better economic resources to the community and brought in many donations to help the people of Haiti in their time of need. (Ayoya 2013) All of these programs that the government is providing are working in helping this global health problem to lessen and hopefully one day be non-existent.

Ayoya, M. A., R. Heidkamp, I. Ngnie-Teta, J. M. Pierre, and R. J. Stoltzfus. “Child Malnutrition in Haiti: Progress despite Disasters.” Global Health: Science and Practice 1, no. 3 (2013): 389-96. Accessed August 7, 2014.

“Malnutrition in Haiti.” International Child Care. Accessed August 7, 2014.



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  1. Danielle Boore says:

    I found this post very interesting, but also very sad. Seeing pictures of malnourished kids is always heart breaking but reading about how often this occurs really puts it into perspective. As if malnutrition was not a big enough problem in Haiti the earthquake in January 2010 made things much worse. When you hear about disasters like that you know it always impacts the country greatly but I never thought about how hard it would be to get all of the food they lost back that is already very scarce in the people of Haiti’s case. In the article Krystn selected the anthropologists used surveys to determine stunting, wasting, and underweight. After the earthquake the Haitian government increased their efforts to acquire more food and nutrition. I think anthropology helped Haiti in the recovery process from the earthquake because they could get help from all over the world. Applied anthropology is research and analysis done by an anthropologist on a specific problem and for a specific client. When this unexpected problem occurred anthropologists had to come together to solve this problem in the quickest most efficient way possible. Anthropologists have been studying malnutrition for years so when the earthquake hit they were not bombarded with a completely new global issue. They already had some knowledge on how to decrease the amount of malnutrition, they just had to do it at a very fast pace.

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