Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living below the poverty line.
In Haiti, 54 percent live in abject poverty. Two-thirds of children suffer from malnutrition and 1 out of 14 children die before reaching their fifth birthday.
Life expectancy is 51 years for men and 54 years for women. Nearly a quarter of the country’s rural families have no land at all, and Haiti must import nearly a quarter of its overall food supply. The lack of usable water has become a major problem. Clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing is in short supply, so the instance of waterborne diseases is high.