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).
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