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Investing In Women Critical To Family, Maternal, Child Health In Haiti

Forbes: The Last Shall Be First: Haitian Women Taking Steps To End Poverty
Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands

“…A fundamental foundation for … resilience is the family. … We know when women learn to manage their finances, they seize the opportunity, and stability for the household ensues. Women wisely spend the money on care for children, health, education, and the home. Which puts in perspective why, in light of [Hurricane Matthew], we are smart to invest heavily in family and maternal and child health. … [Women] will make poverty history, end child deaths, and wisely choose to time and space their children for safer pregnancies and births for both themselves and their newborns. … Much work needs to be done to return Haiti to the recovery path it had been paving since … the 2010 earthquake. Remember that when the headlines about Hurricane Matthew fade, tens of thousands of Haitians will still be displaced from their homes, living in makeshift shelters with the threat of another cholera outbreak looming over the flooded island. These proud and resilient people do not want our words, but a genuine helping hand that allows them to rebuild in the wake of tragedy is welcome” (10/20).

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