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Made in Haiti, Dumped in Haiti | The Dominion

December 28th, 2013 (03:38 pm)

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Main article: Health in Haiti

Half of the children in Haiti are unvaccinated; only 40% of the population has access to basic health care.[147] Prior to the 2010 earthquake, nearly half of all Haitian deaths were attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, meningitis and diarrheal diseases, according to the World Health Organization.[148] Ninety percent of Haiti's children suffer from waterborne diseases and intestinal parasites.[149] HIV infection is found in 2.2% of Haiti's adult population.[150] The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Haiti is more than ten times as high as in the rest of Latin America.[151] Approximately 30,000 people in Haiti suffer each year from malaria.[152]

Most people living in Haiti are at high risk for major infectious diseases. Food or waterborne diseases include bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever; common vectorborne diseases are dengue fever and malaria; water contact diseases include leptospirosis. Roughly 75% of Haitian households lack running water. Unsafe water, along with inadequate housing and unsanitary living conditions, contributes to the high incidence of infectious diseases. There is a chronic shortage of health care personnel, and hospitals lack resources, a situation that became readily apparent after the January 2010 earthquake.[153]

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