Haiti: Nutrition Profile

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Gertha Dorisca, from the Cul-de-Sac plain in Haiti, checks a plot of corn for any indication of pests.
  • Haiti

    Flag of Haiti

  • Population

    10.8 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    1.2 Million

  • % Stunting

    22% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    10% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: David Rochkind

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policy makers in Haiti where 22 percent, or 264,000 children under 5 years, suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) and 66 percent, or 792,000 children under 5 years, suffer from anemia. The persistent risk of food insecurity, natural disasters, and poor infrastructure, particularly for water and sanitation, continue to make Haiti’s population vulnerable to malnutrition.

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Haiti.

  • Aksyon Kominote nan Sante pou Ogmante Nitrisyon (AKSYON)
  • Ranfose Abitid Nitrisyon pou Fè Ogmante Sante (RANFOSE)
  • Feed the Future West Chanje Lavi Plantè


For more information, read the Haiti country profile [PDF, 231KB].