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Cange, Haiti

 

Rural Haiti
Creative Commons AttributionRural Haiti - Credit: Dan Lundmark

 

Cange is a village in the Central Plateau of Haiti and the location of Farmer's Partners in Health hospital. In 1956, Cange was flooded by a dam on the Artibonite River. The dam was supposed to promote business and generate power for Port-au-Prince; however, the residents of Cange have not been fairly compensated for their losses, and instead have been forced to live as squatters on the hillsides around the area. Residents of Cange are some of the poorest in Haiti.

 

 

In 1962, Father Fritz and Yolande Lafontant founded a school for children in the area, but poor public health meant that most students died from infectious diseases before they grew up. In 1984, Farmer established a community health program in the area. This led to more advanced clinics which helped diagnose the first case of AIDS in the Central Plateau.