The Clinton Global Initiative
In 2011, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—a community of international leaders committed to identifying groundbreaking solutions that reduce poverty, improve the environment, and increase access to health care and education around the world. Membership allows top leaders from around the world to attend the CGI Annual Meeting.
In 2011, BRA successfully completed two CGI Commitments to Action, providing skills training and microcredit to 150 Haitian women in Haiti, and delivering clean water and comprehensive health and HIV/AIDS care and education to 2,300 families in the Dominican Republic.
In 2005, BRA partnered with the then Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health to develop the country’s first HIV/AIDS prevention and antiretroviral treatment program for vulnerable and impoverished people living with HIV/AIDS inside impoverished sugarcane plantations rural communities known as “batey”. Click HERE to view President Clinton’s special message about the humanitarian work of the Batey Relief Alliance.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
In 2011, BRA partnered with Haiti-based microcredit NGO, FONKOZE, to expand women empowerment activities to an additional 150 Haitian women in three communes of Haiti’s Southeast Department (Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gosier). BRA focused on three major areas of capacity development: trainings on leadership, gender-based violence and organizational strengthening; workforce development through small-scale agriculture, trainings on marketing and retail, and cooperative sales practices; and microcredit. Over a one-year period, the 150 women engaged in sustainable economic and agricultural development initiatives that led to improvements in household income, better employment opportunities and access to trade markets with the Dominican Republic.
In 2012, BRA expanded health-related clean water program activities to an additional 3,200 families living in 20 sugarcane plantations rural “batey” communities in the Monte Plata province. BRA delivered health crisis prevention training and health and HIV/AIDS care. Through partnerships with USAID, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Dominican Ministry of Health, Presbyterian Church-USA and Vitamin Angel Alliance, the project mobilized and trained 140 CHPs and health personnel around preventive health and hygiene issues; held 30 sessions educating 1,200 residents from six farm “batey” communities about the definition, transmission, prevention and care of HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted infections – proper handling of contaminated water and sanitations and health crisis management techniques; conducted free HIV tests on 11,266 people; delivered free pre/post counseling, ARV treatment and medicines to fight opportunistic infections and follow-up care to 678 PLWHA; delivered comprehensive medical services (pediatrics, general medicine, gynecology, optometry and dentistry – laboratory – emergency – imaging services) and free medicines to 39,320 people, of which, 18,777 received free nutritional supplements. 37,300 children (six months to 5 years of age) received free multivitamins, deworming pills and Vitamin A; and installed 4 water filtration microsystems in 4 batey communities, benefitting 2,500 residents.
Through a 2013 Commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—Improving Malnutrition and Maternal Health in Lima, BRA will scale up a program to improve early childhood and maternal nutrition from Haiti and the Dominican Republic to 19 vulnerable and poverty-stricken urban communities in Peru. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), micronutrients are essential for good health—when lacking proper amounts, especially during pregnancy, serious health complications result. 1/3 of deaths in children ages five and under is caused by malnutrition. This is a serious issue we are committed to addressing in Peru, where 34.8% of Peruvians live below the poverty line and maternal mortality is 98 deaths per every 100,000 births, the majority of which are due to micronutrient deficiency. BRA will organize, train and dispatch 150 Community Health Promoters to distribute multivitamins, Vitamin A and antiworm medicines on a quarterly basis for two years to schools, medical clinics, and community centers that serve children and women. Additionally, our Health Promoters will educate entire communities about health crises and prevention techniques, including hygiene, prenatal care, water-borne diseases. Over the course of two years, the Batey Relief Alliance will reach and improve the health and lives of 2,000 children and 450 pregnant and nursing women.