Solidarity or Slavery? Finding Solutions for Restaveks (Denise Green)

  • Posted on: 17 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

We should be discussing the Restavek situation in Haiti.  It is neither new or a simple issue.  A restavek (comes from the phrase 'to stay with') is a child who is sent from one family to live with another family.  Considering Haiti's history as  the only people to lead a successful slave rebellion for independence, discussing restaveks can be a sensitive issue.  However, I believe that we must.  

A Report Card for Haiti and the World: UNICEF 2007 Progress for Children Report

  • Posted on: 11 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

I would argue that the measurement of progress in a country is not the quantity of money a person has, not the ammount of technology possessed, but rather the ability of that country to meet the needs of its children.  The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has just released a report which suggests we have a long way to go, for Haiti and the world.

Project Medishare Blog - Health Care on the Central Plateau

  • Posted on: 9 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

We frequently write about the innovative work that Project Medishare and its partners began in Thomonde and have expanded into ineighboring provinces.  Recently, they remodelled their website and added a very nice blog and its definitely worth a look if you are interested in Haiti's Central Plateau and public health.

Lymphatic What?? Haiti and a Neglected Disease

  • Posted on: 8 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and TB are the unholy Trinity of illness in the developing world.  But there are a number of less widely known diseases, which while not fatal, cause a great deal of sickness, suffering, and disability.   One of them is Lymphatic Filariasis, also known as Elephantiasis.   But what is it?  LF is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes that bite infected humans and pick up microfilariae – thread like parasitic worms.  Below is a picture.



Job Corps Created in Afghanistan and now Iraq - Why not Haiti?

  • Posted on: 7 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

There are a precedents for Governments creating job corps in varying forms.  The pictures on the left is of men working for the United States Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), created by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as a form of "work relief" for unemployed families suffering from the Great Depression.  


Haitians Reject Flawed HIV/AIDS Research - Wyclef Jean Speaks Out

  • Posted on: 6 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Haiti is a proud member of what is still a fairly small club - countries with generalized HIV/AIDS epidemics that have been able to not only halt it, but reverse it.  This is not a fluke - the involvement of the Haitan civil society, government, and the support of the international community has made a measurable difference.  Their successes in treatment have been applied in other countries such as Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi. Success can be contagious, and Haiti's results have inspired other countries.