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7994: Re: 7987: Social Services (fwd)
I don't know how much power Jesse had during the sexually permissive Clinton
years but i do know PROFAMIL. This Protestant, white, right wing, missionary
tried to get family planning started and the program DID NOT MEET the
Haitian women's needs.
1. First of all the tubal ligations didn't work- baby number 13 on the way.
Vesectomies were worse-the one man I convinced walked like he had just got
off a horse for at least 3 weeks afterwards and then his wife got preganant
by HIM at least 2 more times.
2. The women desired planning but couldn't seem to remember their pill
everyday or did not want their men to know so they chose the 3 month shot of
Progesterone which had a lot of side effects, which was treated by the way
with the pill they couldn't remember to take.
3. They believed every rash and bout of diarrhea was the fault of the family
planning and PROFAMIL would not pay for these aliments-explain that to a
rural Haitian women.
4. They provided no funding to help the women during their pregnancies or to
provide education. The time when women most often think about planning.
As a result many women did not want "planning" PROFAMIL wanted numbers and
names-just make them up I heard. I don't think Jesse had as much to do with
it as much as the people providing the funding didn't understand the Haitian
people and their needs. I might add that they were unwilling to listen as
As for funding-Many protestant missionaries make the same claims you do about
lack of funding. Until recently, the policy of USAID was to fund the Haitian
Government(which is how PROFAMIL worked) and then you got your funding from
them-I have never seen so much paper work in my life and they are not
reasonable I might add because they often do not care about the rural women.
In my opinion the problem is that the ideas for funding are thought up by
blancs in First world countries who really have no idea about AID work. I
have met some good feild workers-but doesn't do any good because they don't
set policy they only uphold it.
Keep trying-recently USAID began working with NGO's again-for a short while