Approximately one-half of the world's population lives in rural areas, most of which lack trained health care workers. Globally, 400 million people lack access to one or more essential health services.
Three of the world's most fatal communicable diseases - malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis - disproportionately affect the world's poorest populations, placing a tremendous burden on the economies of developing countries.
These same diseases - along with pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and malnutrition - are the primary killers of children in the developing world. These children lack access to routine health services and immunizations, have diets insufficient in vitamin A and other essential micronutrients, and live in areas that allow pathogens to thrive.
In the next twenty years, 40 to 50 million new health care workers will need to be trained and deployed to rural populations to meet the ever increasing need.
HEAL THE SICK, RAISE THE DEAD, CLEANSE THOSE WHO HAVE LEPROSY, DRIVE OUT DEMONS. FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED; FREELY GIVE. (MATTHEW 10:8 NIV)
Each year, medical teams from La Croix travel to Haiti to serve at the Love+1 Medical Clinic, providing care to the children at Respire Haiti and their community.
What began as school physicals for 500-plus children has exponentially grown to include dental, vision, medical, physical therapy and palliative care.
In addition to providing care for those in Gressier, teams provide training to Haitian teachers and nurses to be able to respond to families in medical crises and ongoing disabilities.