Health Programs

Rayjon's Health Programs ensure healthy starts for children, training and improved well-being for parents, and support families to overcome poverty.

Nutrition Program, Cap Haitien (Haiti)

As an essential part of Rayjon’s Health Programs, the Nutrition Program in Cap Haitien treats malnourished children from 9-59 months old, to get them back to normal body weight and proper stage of development.

Preschool Nutrition Program, Consuelo (Dominican Republic)

Rayjon’s Health Programs serve some of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. 

Additional medical treatment is provided if there are other physical and/or health problems. The Nutrition Program is fundamental to the work of the C-NEW-C (Centre for Nutrition and Education for Women and Children) and is the only day program for malnourished children in the area, serving an average of 25-45 children each month.

Malnutrition is a contributing factor in 60% of deaths in children under the age of 5. In urban Cap Haitien families living in extreme poverty do not have the resources to properly feed their children, and parents lack basic knowledge of nutrition and healthcare. Rayjon’s Health Programs recognize the need to not only treat the child, but to address the complex root causes of poverty. The holistic nature of the program ensures that both parent and child are nourished and given space to grow to their potential (physically as well as emotionally/intellectually). While children are being treated for malnutrition, their parents have access to capacity building Life Skills Programs to help break the cycle of poverty and poor health.

Children brought to the centre are weighed and examined by a nurse, who determines the next course of action. Vitamins, Medika Mamba (gold standard medical treatment for malnutrition), and other medications may be given. Referral to hospital is made in serious cases. The nurse carefully monitors each child in her care does careful follow-up and home visits to ensure all children progress toward health.

Children who have “graduated” from the Nutrition Program (have completed the roughly 8-wk cycle of treatment and have returned to a healthy weight) are eligible to enter the Nursery Program at the centre. The Nursery Program provides a nutritious meal daily, and is a safe learning environment, with a staff of qualified childcare workers, to promote optimum childhood development in the preschool years (once malnutrition is no longer a concern). 

Stanley and his Mother

Stanley entered the program at a mere 4.5 kg (despite being 18 months old), and was classified as severely malnourished. He has had many health complications and required additional medical treatment, but is now up to 7.5kg and on his way to greater health.

Rayjon Health Programs save lives!

Vaccinations for children and adults

Malnourished children received life-saving treatment

Pairs of prescription eyeglasses prescribed & fitted in 9 countries

Located on the outskirts of the town of Consuelo, Barrio 41 is a neighbourhood struggling with poor access to health care & education, high rates of unemployment and poverty.

Here Rayjon supports a pre-school program for 50 children, ages 2 to 7, to help prepare them to attend grade one.  Many of these children do not receive proper nutrition from home and a hot meal is provided at the centre, making it a special part of Rayjon Health Programs. Behind the preschool building is a garden and pilot aquaponics (fish raising) project, whose goal is to grow nutritious food for use at the preschool, but to also teach local families to grow and maintain their own backyard gardens.

The long term goal of PLADESCULBA is to work with the adults of the community, to engage in a variety of community development programs, including training, income-generating activities, home gardens, animal husbandry, improvement of the environment and capacity building, so the community can truly become independent and strong.

We are also very pleased to work in partnership with faculty and students from Georgian College’s Nursing Program. Each year hundreds of nursing students and professionals visit the Consuelo and Ocoa areas of the Dominican Republic, providing essential health care services. In Barrio 41, the nurses have observed steady improvement of the overall health of neighbourhood children, in part due to Rayjon’s efforts in the region.

Our Stories

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