One in every five children in Haiti die before the age of five. Out of those who die, 60 percent are under one year old. God's Littlest Angels set up a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Haiti in 1994. Very few medical programs had programs for these tiny babies. The premature and malnourished infants were not given much hope. Today, GLA offers IV therapy, Incubators, oxygen and CPAP therapy and offer their services to the community free of charge.
Many Haitian doctors feel that it is survival of the healthiest here in Haiti. Premature babies require a lot of care and money to get them healthy and able to return home with their family. Most programs in Haiti target children over one year old. We believe all children should be given a chance and GLA focuses on those children who are premature, malnourished and abandoned.
We provide free health care to families in the community with no way of paying for medical services especially when they have infants who are premature or malnourished. The mothers are required to help with their infant's care so that they learn how to care for these babies who have special needs due to their prematurity.
We can educate families how to care for their infants and help them understand the causes of premature infants and malnutrition among babies. Long term benefits to the community of better nutrition among the children and understanding ways of preventing premature and malnourished infants will benefit them all.