My husband and I have been donors to Global Health Action for many years. I know firsthand of the good work they have accomplished in Haiti through their community health and development programs. The goat program has helped to improve the lives of rural Haitians by providing a sustainable source of income.
GHA has had a sustained service commitment (30+ years) improving lives of people in the rural and mountainous areas of Haiti through community health education. This past April I had the incredible privilege to witness GHA in action in rural Haiti. In contrast to many NGOs operating in Haiti, the entire GHA staff in Haiti is Haitian.
I love GHA's goat project, where Haitian staff run a goat station which includes breeding Haitian goats with hardier goat species and then giving pregnant goats to beneficiaries living in rural, mountainous isolated communities in Haiti. Each impregnated goat provides a sustained impact on improving the lives of the beneficiaries, who are now in a position to sell some of their goats for purposes such as materials for a roof or education for a child. The GHA goat station staff trains community animal health workers, who live in the same communities as the goat recipients and these animal health workers provide assistance and advice in raising goats and if a goat is sick in their community.
Global Health Action (GHA) was founded over 40 years ago by two Atlanta visionaries, Virginia Proctor and Ada Fort. Their mission to improve the health and well-being of individual communities in under-served areas continues to be accomplished through community-based health programs and livelihood opportunities to this day.
A brief look at the positive impact and accomplishments of GHA follows:
Thousands of GHA graduates in 97 countries are addressing the most pressing health care needs in their communities and nations!
In Haiti, GHA has trained over 1200 Community Health Workers and more than 4000 goat farmers. (See more on the Goat Project at globalhealthaction.org. Truly it is a unique program focusing on livelihood opportunities. )
In China, more than 600 Chinese national and provincial health leaders have been trained in management and leadership!
More than 900 health leaders from around the world are graduates of GHA's international health management courses held in Atlanta, Georgia!
Twenty countries have been the recipients of customized in-country training and workshops.
300 program directors and managers from 32 African countries have completed the GHA HIV/AIDs course!
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the ongoing programs and accomplishments, of which there are many. The budget constraints are immense. The success of this organization is due to a small, unusually dedicated staff of individuals who live the mission of GHA, and Robin Davis, RN, MN who has been CEO almost since GHA's inception.
As a health expert, donor, and member of the Board of Directors of GHA, I am honored and humbled to be part of this phenomenal organization.
I first became aware of Global Health Action in 2005 at a United Methodist Women's retreat in North GA. I am pleased to now serve on the Board of Directors for GHA. Imagine the USA in the 1800's no available healthcare, or immunzations, or even assitance with birthing. This organization trains Community Health Workers to serve in their villages, providing immnuzations, education, and birthing assistance to remote villiagers who other wise would not have care. GHA also sponcers the Goat project were we give a pregnant goat to a family, teach them how to care for it, and how to bread etc. so that they will have a source of income, and sustance. I am very proud of the Board and Staff of GHA for all they conitune to do for those in Haiti
As an educator, I find Global Health Action to be a wonderful community partner for our students. They are able to volunteer providing Welcome Receptions for visitors from across the globe, while putting to practice the language skills they are studying, and they learn about countries like Haiti and see first-hand the impact on a family there by purchasing a goat through the Haitian Goat Project. As our school's Community Service Coordinator, I always look for ways for our students not only to volunteer but also to learn about the ways they can make a difference in becoming involved in the needs and concerns of others. That is exactly what GHA does -- by serving the poor and improving the health of communities around the world. Our students truly see that the work they do impacts us all! Stan Moor
From my first day volunteering with Global Health Action I have been impressed with the work that they do in Haiti and have done throughout the world. Global Health Action has years of experience in working to improve health and economic development in rural communities throughout Haiti. Their programs are implemented by local Haitians from the communities in which they work. Global Health Action is very focused on vulnerable populations within these communities, and works continuously to improve maternal and child health through programs such as training community health workers and traditional birth attendants as well as women's empowerment initiatives. They also have a very successful goat program that has been in place for over two decades. This program provides families with a starter goat and training in animal care, and many families have capitalized on this to improve their economic status. Global Health Action is a committed organization with knowledgeable employees both in Haiti and in Decatur with a proven record of implementing programs that truly make a difference in people's lives.
In September 2013 I led a team that traveled to Haiti to see the work of Global Health Action. We saw a vaccination clinic, traditional birth attendant training, medical clinic, goat farmer training and goat distribution. I must commend GHA for all the years they have invested in the people of Haiti – over 30. Haiti is not an easy place to visit or serve and GHA has had a continuous presence there. After the earthquake of 2010, GHA played a leadership role in getting aid where it was needed. With an all Haitian staff GHA is known as an agency that truly cares about the health and welfare of the Haitian people. I consider GHA an excellent steward of donations, accounting for all funds and very willing to share all financial records. I wish more people had an opportunity to see the work of GHA first hand as we did.
My family and I have been involved with Global Health Action for more than 25 years. We remain impressed by the work done. Local folks are involved in all levels of the work. Training of local health workers and a long close association make the work in Haiti very effective.
I am a volunteer, donor and board member. I have traveled 2 times in past 2 years with this group to Haiti. Once with just Robin Davis, director. The second trip in September with 5 others was truly outstanding and rewarding. We met with the staff, went out in field to witness firsthand their commitment and dedication to those they were helping. They have an all Haitian staff. We went to observe at a clinic 2.5 hours from Port a Prince monthly meeting health care workers and mom's and their children. They were there to get shots and or inoculations and to be educated on what else was needed to keep their children healthy. 30-40 mothers and children were there. Even though i spoke no French or Creole we were able to interact with the folks in a positive and fun way. It went on for 4-5 hours.
Another day in another town or village we observed a meeting of birth attendants who walked from as far as 8 hours away to get new supplies, get update or review on their skills. 45-60 birth attendants came. It blew me away how proud they were of who they were , their dedication to providing quality healthcare in their village and what a difference they were making in peoples lives there.
A third day we were in Darbonne to observe training of farmers who wanted to supplement their income by obtaining a pregnant goat from Global Health Action. They were trained for 2 days how to care and raise goats. 15 came from many hours away for the goats.
The staff in all cases does follow ups with all of the farmers to be sure they are caring for goats.
In the other programs they also follow up medical attendants and birth attendants to be sure they continue to educate or reinforce what they have learned. Folks with serious health issues to larger cities to get treatment.
They are very good stewards of monies that are given to them. They have checks and balances that protects against theft or graft or waste. They have been in the business of helping people for 40 years in Haiti with a specific interest in health and education and training of locals. They are involved in China., India as well.