In Haiti’s Central Plateau, an experiment is under way to see whether a personal assistant can help families make headway against their many problems.
This is an organizational meeting of new household development agents in Boucan Carre, Haiti. Half of the commune's 10,000 households are being assigned a "household development agent" — a neighbor who will work as a health educator, vaccinator, epidemiologist, financial analyst, social worker, scheduler and advocate all at the same time. With the agent's help, a family will assess its needs and come up with a plan to make things better. Leading the discussion is Adrienne Noel, the woman in the red shirt, a 40-year-old nurse with Zanmi Lasante (the Creole translation of Partners in Health, an American nongovernmental organization). Maggie Steber/For The Washington Post Buy Photo