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...
Nov 11, 2013

A Royal Birth!

A mother given hope with a new job!
A mother given hope with a new job!

Thanks to your incredible support, our respite home continues to flourish!  It's not only the children who are supported, but their parents to.

In the last month, one of the most desperate mothers we've met has started working at the respite centre, and its changed her life!  We first met her when she was living as a single mum with her profoundly disabled child, in an old dis-used school as a squater.  Their room was tiny...a dimly lit, bare concrete shack, with hardly any light.  On one occassion we found her there, literally close to death, having had an emergency maternity situation at home without any support.  For some she was a hopeless case, literally living on the edge of life every day, in a dark room which her child hardly ever left.  Often she would dissapear, as she was kicked out of one place, and moved on to another.  A lonely, isolated figure, with no support. 

However, thanks to your support, this little families future has been transformed.  Her child is getting respite care with us, and she's now working for the centre!  Our community team have also found her a local family to live with, so she has a permanent home, a community to support her, and a job to provide a future for her and her child.  The joy, pride and hope re-ignited within this mother is incredibly moving.  In this case, it was not only a child who you helped save, but a mother also.

If our community team hadn't visited her house after that maternal emergency, she may well have died.  We are passionate about kids and their mums!  In fact, the majority of the children we care for have been left disabled because their mums gave birth at home without any medical support.  We're looking to change this, and have recently launched our Christmas campaign - A Royal Birth, which is seeking to give mothers and babies a safe birth this Christmas.  Please visit www.aroyalbirth.org to find out how you can help save more women and children today.  We need your help.

One of our other mums who works at the centre!
One of our other mums who works at the centre!
Help us give safe births to babies this Christmas
Help us give safe births to babies this Christmas

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Nov 11, 2013

Downton Abbey star visits Maternity Unit

Laura Carmichael in Haiti visiting local women
Laura Carmichael in Haiti visiting local women

The last few months have been our busiest of 2013, with the maternity and neonatal unit often overflowing!  It's incredible to see the number of women and babies being given excellent care at the hospital you support.

In fact, we have some great news!  A few years ago, 75% of women were giving birth at home without any medical support in Haiti, placing women and babies at great risk!  Thanks to projects like ours, that number has now fallen to 63%!  In financially difficult times, where we often wonder where our donations go, we hope you'll be encouraged by this.  However, whilst this shows the positive progress, its still a number which we want to dramatically reduce.

99% of maternal deaths still happen in the developing world, and everyday 800 women die due to child birth.  This Christmas, we've launched a special appeal called 'A Royal Birth', with Downton Abbey star, Laura Carmichael (who plays Lady Edith).  She became our patron and visited the hospital in Haiti last month!  Laura said 'What the hospital have created here over the passed seven years with HHA is nothing short of extraordinary.  Their maternity ward and an overflowing neonatal unit, (one of the very few units to support premature babies in North Haiti) saw over 5000 women, children and babies last year. World Health Organisation representatives recently stated it is one of the best in the country.'

However, despite the impact being made, we're struggling to keep this unit open!  That's why we've launched the Royal Birth Campaign.  If 1,000 individuals or groups could each raise £200 ($320US) this Christmas, we'll be able to keep this critical work open for another year, and give mothers and babies a safe birth this Christmas.  Please join with us and Laura Carmichael, as we seek to fulfil this critical need.  Please make a donation today and visit our special website: www.aroyalbirth.org

One of the poorest communities we support
One of the poorest communities we support
Help us give mums and babies a safe birth!
Help us give mums and babies a safe birth!
One happy mum supported by HHA
One happy mum supported by HHA

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Nov 11, 2013

Lady Edith supports Rehab work

Laura visiting one of our community projects
Laura visiting one of our community projects

It's not every day a Downton Abbey star visits Haiti, but last month we were privileged to welcome our patron, Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, to HHA's hospital in Haiti.

She had a great time with the rehab patients, and even managed to sneak in a game of wheelchair basketball!  The staff and patients were thrilled to see her, as Downton fever hit Haiti.  Laura shared about her trip in the Sunday Mirror on her return, and spoke of the great need to continue supporting Haiti:

'Like many people, my first encounter with Haiti was seeing the desperate images of the earthquake in 2010. In recent years the country has fallen down the agenda as, inevitably, other news items come to the fore.  Coming to Haiti has challenged me, that like many others I had moved on to quickly from Haiti and the devastating images we saw in 2010.'

Our Rehab unit started after the earthquake, which for many people like Laura, was their first encounter with Haiti.  However, whilst the news has moved on, this rehab unit is still supporting many people with old and new spial cord injuries.  Patients suffering from complete or partial paralysis, who without our help would often literally be left at home to die.  The rehab unit also has an outpatient ward which cares for many children with disabilities.  The majority of these children have been left disabled due to be being born at home without any medical support, and this is something Laura is passionate to fight against.

That's why, she recently launched our Christmas campaign - A Royal Birth, which is looking to give mothers and babies a safe birth this Christmas!  Whilst it's a little different to the Rehab Unit you've supported, it's a critical part of the hospital and we'd love your involvement.  Please take a few minutes to visit our special Christmas website which Laura launched in Haiti - www.aroyalbirth.org and find out how you can give mothers and babies a safe birth this Christmas.  Your support can save lives!

One of the patients Laura met
One of the patients Laura met

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