Caring Joyously with Competence, Respect and Dignity.
By Pastor Lubin Beaucejour
Is to SERVE THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF MEN "Body Soul and Spirit." Since BEM represents the light of the world, as well as the salt of the earth, we aim to provide simple but effective health solutions to an extremely needy population.
Our Mission: CARING JOYOUSLY WITH LOVE, RESPECT, SIMPLICITY and DIGNITY, while providing both simple and effective healthcare with the highest level of competency.
As part of our vision to meet the medical challenges of the people of the southern peninsula, Bethesda Evangelical Mission (BEM) is thrilled to announce our next step toward our goal which is to provide access to healthcare for the region as a beacon of exemplary standards in sanitation and the highest level of care in the industry.
Because we are called "the light of the world" ,we would like our light to shine in all of the villages we are currently involved within Haiti, with continued plans to move beyond the southern region. We want to continue to be a model organization for promotion and delivery of health care services to all Haitians regardless of religions, social status ages and sex.
Our goal is both achievable and clear. With community health workers that will serve as frontline providers for the delivery of the most efficient healthcare services possible in Haiti. We aim to have one provider for each village, as they will be flexing their muscles to work both linguistically, and economically sound.
Sanitation and Nutrition:
According to "WHO" World Health Organization 'Deficient sanitation system, poor nutrition as well as inadequate health services pushed Haiti to the bottom of the world bank's rankings of health indicator". The U.N. world food program indicated that 80% of Haiti's population lives below the poverty line. Consequently, malnutrition is a significant problem.
Half the population can be categorized as "food insecure," and half of all Haitian children are undersized as a result of malnutrition. Less than half the population has access to clean drinking water, a rate that compares poorly even with other less-developed nations. Haiti's life expectancy at birth is only 54 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that only 43 percent of the target population receives the recommended immunizations.
In terms of health care spending, Haiti ranks last in the western hemisphere. Economic instability has limited any growth in this area. Per capita, Haiti spends about US$83 annually on health care. There are 25 physicians and 11 nurses per 100,000 population. Only one-fourth of births are attended by a skilled health professional. Most rural areas have no access to health care, making residents susceptible to otherwise treatable diseases. In 2003, for example, the WHO confirmed an outbreak of typhoid fever in Haiti that, because of a lack of access to doctors and safe water, led to dozens of deaths.
Haiti has the highest incidence of human deficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) outside of Africa. Sex tourism and lack of health education led to the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s. Estimates vary, but the United Nations projects the national prevalence rate to be 1.5 percent of the population. Other estimates place the rate as high as 5 percent in the urban population and 3 percent in rural regions. Annually, 5,000 Haitian babies are born infected with the AIDS virus. The disease causes a fifth of all infant deaths and has orphaned 200,000 children.
One of the sources of the trouble in Haiti's health care system, causing issues such as those listed above, is structural violence. Haiti, one of many poor countries on the globe, demonstrates social arrangements that put its individuals and populations in harm's way. Due to unacceptable reasons such as racism, pollution, poor housing, poverty, and overall social inequality, structural violence limits residents of Haiti from proper clinical medicine. By addressing these biosocial phenomena, effectively reducing structural violence, it is likely that health care improvements in Haiti could be attained.
While the "BEM MERCY HOSPITAL" will not be able to solve all of Haiti's healthcare problems, with your help/partnership we are confident we can make an outstanding difference.