Haiti Hospital Appeal

Helping to run one of the leading hospitals in North Haiti, we specialise in community health care, maternity, paediatric, and neo-natal care, and rehabilitation services for adults and children. Since 2006, we've been providing quality health care that is not restricted to the few, but is available to everyone. Working alongside the Haitian Government and grass root partners, we seek to empower a sustainable, inclusive and accessible health care service, driven by Haitian vision and staff. We are a Christian charity with a heart of compassion and a desire for justice. We choose to stand in the gap for the innocent and vulnerable as Jesus did, offering health care to all without any form of...
Sep 19, 2014

New community project can save more women and children

Mums and children coming for vaccinations
Mums and children coming for vaccinations

Earlier this summer we received the amazing news, that the UK Government has agreed to fund a major new community health programme in Haiti, that we'll be leading.  This project will last three years, and significantly increase the number of community health workers in some of the most marginalised areas of North Haiti.  It will include training 12 health agents, supporting 80 traditional birth attendants (TBAs), and running mobile health units for the poorest communities.  Even this week, we provided the first round of training for 20 TBAs, equipping them with the skills to provide safer births for mums and babies.

You may be thinking, 'this is great news, the maternity and paediatric unit is now funded for three years!'  Whilst this new programme is very exciting, unfortunately it does not cover the facility-based costs included in running the maternity and paediatric units at the hospital.  In fact, it adds an even greater need, as we anticipate that the improved community intervention will increase the number of patients being referred to the hospital, making these units even more busy and critical.  Even at our first mobile health clinic last month, a number of children were referred to the hospital with severe malnutrition.  Half the population of Haiti earns less than $1US per day, so you can appreciate that malnutrition is a common problem, but one we can solve.

Aside from these referrals, in August the maternity unit provided 51 natural deliveries and a number of emergency C-Sections.  The paediatric unit also cared for over 340 children last month!

Despite the increased number of patients we are witnessing, the financial support for these units remains critical, and your support is needed now more than ever.  Together, we have the opportunity to provide lifesaving care to thousands of mothers, babies and children, but we need to work together.  Could you share this project via Facebook, twitter or e-mail with your friends, family and colleagues?  The more people we can get behind this work, the more lives can be saved.  Please consider joining with us again, so we can keep these units open!  Thanks for your continued love and support.

Providing nutritional support for babies
Providing nutritional support for babies

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Sep 19, 2014

The forgotten man

Patients from the rehab unit enjoying sports!
Patients from the rehab unit enjoying sports!

During the summer, our rehabilitation unit received the first patient referral from a new helicopter service that has been launched in Haiti.  It was a privilege for our unit to have been chosen and included in this inaugural flight, and something the patients and staff were very excited about!  The rehab unit is already being used as a national referral centre, and this new helicopter service will support that further.

We receive patients from all across the country, many who have been left in devastating conditions.  One such patient was a man who was referred to us over the summer.  Like many persons with disabilities, this man was a forgotten figure.  Perhaps a forgotten father, son, friend, husband.  It is not uncommon that once someone is left paralysed in Haiti, their family and friends reject them.  Whilst many would view this mans life as hopeless, due to his paralysis and a number of other challenges, our team have been working hard to offer him new life.  Over the years, we have seen so many lives which were once viewed as 'hopeless', being restored!  Whilst this man starts his rehabilitation journey, others almost come to the end of their time with us.

One such individual, was another man who was also referred to us in a terrible state.  He was found abandoned on a wooden bench at another hospital, physically weak, and left partially paralysed after being stabbed in a gang fight.  Despite being abandoned and left for dead, he is now a new man.  His wheelchair and rehabilitation have given him new life, and it's amazing to see him whizz around the hospital with a smile on his face, participating in the many activities available for him.

Whether these patients are at the start or end of their rehabilitation journey with us, they need your support.  We hope these two stories will share both the moving reality of disability in Haiti, but also the hope of what can be achieved.  Please do continue to support this critical work, and if possible, spread the word so we can get others involved!  The end of the year is always a difficult financial period for our disability work, and any additional support would be a real blessing.  Thanks for your continued support.

New patient arrives with 1st air ambulance flight
New patient arrives with 1st air ambulance flight
Staff seeing the new helicopter for Haiti
Staff seeing the new helicopter for Haiti

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Sep 19, 2014

An inspirational lady

Some of the children who gave Mdm Woo Woo such joy
Some of the children who gave Mdm Woo Woo such joy

In the last month, one of our long term staff called Mdm Woo Woo retired from the respite centre, after serving this project for 5 years.  Mdm Woo Woo's story has been inspirational, and we wanted to share a little bit about this incredible lady!

Firstly, at her leaving party she powerfully shared how this respite centre had brought joy back into her life.  We often reflect on the impact this project has on the children we care for, but often don't reflect on the same impact it has on the staff.  A week after the devastating earthquake in 2010, we traveled to Port au Prince and picked up Mdm Woo Woo and her family from a community left in rubble.  The terrifying and tragic ordeal had understandably left them traumatised.  This ordeal was made even more tragic a few weeks later, when Mdm Woo Woo's grandchild died in a mud slide in the city where we work, due to torrential rain.

Such a tragic season understanably left her feeling like she'd lost joy in life, perhaps forever.  However, upon arriving at the respite centre, she found life again.  Whilst serving and offering her life to these precious children, it was their joy, love and friendship that restored and changed her life.

Another reason her story is so inspirational, is the sacrificial way in which she worked, which was driven by love, and not money.  She would almost always be found hours after her shift had officially finished, still playing with the children, dancing and singing.  She exclaimed at her leaving party that caring for these children had been a great privilege.  That previliege is something we can all share in!  Mdm Woo Woo's life is just one of many, which has been transformed thanks to your support.

If we could all support this work with the same humility, sacrifice and joy as Mdm Woo Woo, think how many lives we could change together!  Could you share this project with your friends and family, so we can bring more joy to Haiti?  Thanks for your continued love and support, and stay encouraged by the lives being changed.

Mdm Woo Woo and the staff during her leaving party
Mdm Woo Woo and the staff during her leaving party
Devastation from the city where Mdm Woo Woo lived
Devastation from the city where Mdm Woo Woo lived

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