Mirebalais, Haiti: Using music to promote health and social cohesion
Caravaan is seeking funds to coordinate an event in collaboration with Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante to use music to support the delivery of health and to promote social cohesion in the community of Mirebalais, Haiti. Caravaan will support local bands to perform and provide a venue for the health staff from the hospital to interact with the broader community. The event is planned for the spring of 2015. In the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated the medical and nursing establishment in Port au Prince, Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante set out to build a new teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti –just 45 minutes from Port au Prince with the goal to train the next generation of Haitian health professionals and meet the government’s desire to decentralize medical and nursing education. In April of 2013, the University Hospital was opened in the community of Mirebalais. Zanmi Lasante is seeking to partner with groups that can support community and cultural development to improve the lives of those in Mirebalais.
For any large scale development project to succeed, the support of the local community is critical. It is important to raise awareness in the community about health issues and the accessibility of services provided by the hospital. It is equally important to promote social cohesion between the community and the large number of professionals that work at the hospital. The experience of Caravaan in Uganda is that music can be a powerful tool to do both. Caravaan will be coordinating an event in Mirebalais, Haiti in the Spring of 2015 your donation will make this effort possible.
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