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GAHDA ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY

 

The Grand'Anse Health & Development Association (GAHDA) is responding to the COVID-19 crisis with resourcefulness, determination and fearlessness – as we have done in the past when faced with natural disasters, epidemics and other crises. Our essential activities include:

 

  • working with our partners to hire local tradespeople to make face masks for distribution to over 50 clinics, dispensaries, and nurse volunteers

  • crafting hand sanitizer with aloe plants and locally sourced alcohol

  • distributing COVID-19 education materials to churches in the Grand’Anse

  • interviewing church leaders about knowledge, attitudes and activities to prevent COVID-19

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Measures are being taken to prevent COVID-19 and its spread. Limited testing is available, requiring analysis in Port-au-Prince – but most travel into and out of the Grand’Anse is on hold with closed roads, ports, and airports.

 

Hospitals in the Grand’Anse have no ICU beds, only 2 ventilators, and little to no PPE – and are sure to be overwhelmed. Schools and churches are closed. Stores and clinics that remain open have installed hand washing stations, and with few resources to stockpile food, people must visit the open air markets daily – making social distancing difficult. In addition, a drought continues, raising concerns about increasing hunger and food insecurity.

 

Throughout this COVID-19 crisis, however, the GAHDA team continues its community services by:

  • following up with cancer patients, providing food and medicine and supporting those who need to travel to Port-au-Prince for treatment

  • registering 1,000 churches for breast cancer awareness and education for future training

  • engaging young women to create breast self-exam training tools

  • coordinating the installation of 5 solar suitcases, providing light for remote clinics

  • employing carpenters to build mirrors for breast cancer training and monitoring

  • distributing food to the most vulnerable – in particular the elderly.

  • continuing fundraising efforts for food rations as we prepare for hurricane season that begins in June.

Please help us continue our much-needed services throughout this COVID-19 emergency by donating below.

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