Pou Sante means ‘for health’ in Haitian Creole. We are working with a community in northern Haiti towards a comprehensive "One Health" approach to improving human and animal health. Our aim is to:
Work with farmers to improve their herd management, health, and productivity to optimize sustainable goat production
Empower farmers to lead by example and improve herd management practices and animal health throughout the community
Provide low cost veterinary clinics to the community each June in conjunction with Haitian veterinary agent students (students completing a degree similar to that of a veterinary technician)
Provide realistic and attainable solutions for farmers to address common health and management issues, such a parasitism and malnutrition
It is important to recognize that the ultimate goal of this project should be to establish a model of sustainable veterinary care in Haiti that is 100% Haitian run. We hope to work with veterinary personnel and students in Haiti to create the infrastructure needed to run year-round veterinary clinics and a permanent veterinary pharmacy. The biggest challenges to this are financial limitations, the need for more widespread technical veterinary education, and the logistical challenge of providing a steady stream of supplies year round without having to rely on volunteers.