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Millennium Village Project in Marmont is working toward sustainable development

March 19, 2009

marmont_haiti_blueThe Millennium Village Project in Marmont, Haiti is a collaborative program between The Global Institute, Project Medishare and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. To date, Millennium Villages have been established in Africa. Since their inception in 2004, Millennium Villages have been established in 10 African countries, with a total of 79 villages. The Global Institute at the University of Miami will be responsible for the first Millennium Village Project in the Western Hemisphere.

In 2000, 189 member countries of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to provide substantial relief to the world’s
poorest people by 2015. The challenges are considerable but surmountable. The will is unwavering. The Global Institute aims to generate new knowledge and apply interdisciplinary solutions to combat poverty.

There are eight Millennium Development Goals the Global Institute is using as a base for the structure of the success of the Millennium Village Project in Marmont.

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger: Forty-six percent of Haiti’s population does not have enough to eat.The average caloric intake is below the minimum level of dietary energy consumption. The Global Institute seeks support to
provide better seeds and fertilizers to increase crop yields,introduce new irrigation techniques, and provide access to micro-credit for farmers.

2.Achieve universal primary education: A little over half of primary school-age children are enrolled in school. Less than 2 percent will finish secondary school.The Global Institute seeks support to provide school lunch programs to raise attendance and academic performance, train teachers, and improve school facilities.

3.Promote gender equality and empower women: Many Haitian women are responsible for getting products to markets to support their families yet have limited opportunity to meet and move beyond subsistence enterprises. The Global Institute seeks support to empower women by providing micro-business opportunities, leadership and entrepreneurship training,and reproductive health education and services.

4.Reduce child mortality. Haiti’s infant mortality rate rivals those of the poorest African countries.Seventy-four out of every 1000 children born alive will die before their first birthday, most senselessly from preventable diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections, and malnutrition.The Global Institute seeks support to provide a preventive health package for children, inclusive of malaria,AIDS, de-worming,micronutrients, and immunizations; construct newhealth clinics; and provide access to safe water.

5. Improve maternal health: Less than 25 percent of child births are attended by a doctor, nurse, or midwife. The Global Institute seeks support to provide reproductive and maternal health services, including delivery, family planning, vaccinations, and antenatal care; train birthing attendants; and upgrade maternity clinics.With the assistance of Project Medishare, a new maternity ward is being built in Marmont as part of the Millenium Village Project and is due for completion in July. Currently there is only one hospital and one obstetrician serving five communities in the Central Department of Haiti. Haitian women have the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere because many lack basic antenatal care.The new maternity ward in Marmont will provide expecting mothers access to such necessary care.

6.Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.Preventable infectious disease kills infants, youth, and adults throughout Haiti. Only 12 percent of children under 5 with fever receive anti-malarial drugs. The Global Institute seeks support to provide diagnosis, treatment, and prevention for malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases; supply insecticide treated bed nets; and train community healthworkers.

7.Ensure environmental sustainability. Less than 4 percent of Haiti’s land is currently forested. Trees have been harvested for production of charcoal, which is the country’s primary source for cooking fuel. The Global Institute seeks support to provide alternative energy solutions, re-planting and eco-development programs, natural resource management, and infrastructure development.

8. Develop a global partnership for development. Collaborations that bring together international resources and capabilities will be critical in the pursuit of Haiti’s path out of poverty. The Global Institute seeks support to create global collaborations to deliver new interdisciplinary approaches to community health and development that are founded in the generation of new knowledge, and innovations in science and technology.

The Global Institute envisions being in the advancement of global health and development such that all human beings enjoy ongoing health, security, and economic prosperity. By mobilizing intellectual, scientific, technological and physical resources we hope to generate new knowledge and apply interdisciplinary approaches to transform human health into sustainable economic health throughout the Western Hemisphere and beyond.

We hope you will join the effort to make poverty history. Please click here to be our partner in eradicating poverty.

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