Haiti does not recognize a single state religion. They take pride in allowing religious freedom. Three major practiced religions in Haiti include Catholicism, Protestantism, and Voodoo
Haitians consider health to be a personal responsibility, so patient may tell clinician what illness he/she has rather than describe symptoms, and seek confirmation of self-diagnosis. Sometimes use biomedical terms inappropriately. Therefore, very important for clinician to elicit symptoms and history.
The Caribbean island of Haiti has a rich history full of vivid beauty and heartbreaking tragedy. Its culture is a blend of European and African traditions stemming from the French colonization of San Domingue and the slave practices which brought many of Haiti’s ancestors to its shores
In 2018 the US Census estimated that 1,084,055 Haitians of full or partial descent lived in the U.S. During the 1960s and 1970s many Haitians emigrated to the U.S. to escape the oppressive conditions during the dictatorships of François “Papa Doc” and his son Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.