We believe that progress depends on identifying and addressing chronic community health concerns – including, water-borne illness, mosquito-borne illness, and respiratory illness, as well as sanitation and hygiene practices.
Through thoughtful interventions we can reverse certain health damage that has already occurred and eliminate other preventable problems before they arise. Children and the elderly often suffer most seriously from chronic preventable health conditions, but no one is immune and the effects of intervention positively impact the health and finances of whole families and communities – strengthening all of HRI’s programs.
Our health specific activities require a tailored approach to adequately address the specific symptoms and environment of each community. Initially, we work to resolve the immediate symptoms and illness (if possible), which is followed by topical health education efforts and careful process and collaboration to design the most effective, culturally relevant long-term resolution. Resolutions to these issues are a true team and community effort in which everyone plays an integral role.
I was privileged to work with HRI in Haiti on two occasions. I was, and remain, very impressed by the progress, commitment, and care for the children of Haiti.
Professor Lynn Brandenberger
Oklahoma State University