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...
Dec 27, 2011

Life saving neo-natal training

Baby in government hospital
Baby in government hospital

Merry Christmas from the Haiti Hospital Appeal!

We want to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters the very best of seasons greetings. Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, yet it can also hide us from the realities of life for the hurting and the broken, wherever they might be. For us, we seek to continue to bring hope and new life to the people of Haiti through health care services. It really has been an exciting year. Even today, construction continues on our site. Yet, we look to next year believing greater things are yet to come.

Life saving neo-natal training

A recent report by UNICEF, UN, WHO, and the World Bank highlighted that globally 70% of under 5 deaths occur in the first year of a babies life.  The report states that ‘Neonatal mortality is increasingly important because the proportion of under-five deaths that occur during the neonatal period is increasing as under-five mortality declines…With the proportion of under-five deaths during the neonatal period increasing in every region and almost all countries, systematic action is required by governments and partners to reach women and babies with effective care.’

Perhaps most alarmingly, Haiti is one of the countries that has struggled the most to reach it’s millennium development goal in reducing child mortality.  The report indicates that in 1990, the under 5 mortality rate in Haiti was 151 deaths per 1,000 live births, but by 2010 it was 165 deaths per 1,000 live births.  Haiti had been set a target of reducing this rate to 50 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2015, but is one of a hand full of countries under-achieving its national goal, with an annual negative rate of reduction between 1990-2010 of -0.4%.

The completion of our new neo-natal unit couldn’t be more timely.  Whilst we’ve been busy responding to the cholera epidemic and earthquake response, behind the scenes our team have also been working tirelessly to see our maternity and paediatric unit completed.  With our final building just completed and two containers full of specialist equipment having arrived in Haiti in the last few month, we’re just about to start this vital service.  Whilst we’ve been pulling the final logistical issues together, exciting developments have already been made.

In October we held intensive neo-natal training for our Haitian staff supporting over 25 Haitian medics.  It was a privilege having two US volunteers here sharing their skills, and our staff responded with great enthusiasm and joy. These techniques being learnt will undoubtedly save lives!  Whilst the statistics can be alarming, the reality is that it often only requires very simple prevention and intervention to dramatically decrease the risk of child mortality.

A few weeks ago we finally received a container of new maternity equipment. It is now being arranged and distributed into the different rooms. This is a dream come true, the equipment is one of the final hurdles, it had been stuck in customs a short while but now we can look forward to the new year and the opening finally and officially of the service. Dr Adlin our Maternity Director is so excited and with Dr Touissant, they are spending many hours planning for the service to start.

However, whilst our team are learning vital skills to save lives, we’re still in need of greater financial support to ensure their skills can be used affectively.  Without the generous help of our supporters more lives will needlessly be lost. 

This work needs your help if it is to succeed. Can you support it? If yes, please donate today. Thank you.

Keep an eye out on our website for information about a few events taking place over the month of January. On the 12th we remember the 2nd year anniversary since the earthquake.

Thanks for all your continued help and support, we wish you a very happy new year.

With love

All of the Haiti Hospital Appeal Team

Neonatal staff training
Neonatal staff training
US volunteer sharing her skills
US volunteer sharing her skills
New maternity equipment arrived
New maternity equipment arrived

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Dec 27, 2011

Rehabilitation Centre Official Opening

Inauguration of  our rehab centre
Inauguration of our rehab centre

Merry Christmas from the Haiti Hospital Appeal!

We want to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters the very best of seasons greetings. Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, yet it can also hide us from the realities of life for the hurting and the broken, wherever they might be.  For us, we seek to continue to bring hope and new life to the people of Haiti through health care services. It really has been an exciting year. Even today, construction continues on our site. Yet, we look to next year believing greater things are yet to come.

Rehabilitation Centre Official Opening

In November we had the inauguration of the Rehabilitation Centre, the culmination of a building project that partnered five organisations to deliver rehabilitation to people with disabilities across the north of Haiti.  Named after our Medical Directors daughter who tragically died last year, the ceremony was a moving reflection both on the tragedy of the last few years in Haiti, but also the hope, belief and reality of positive change.  The United Nations, Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, Konbit Sante, Healing Hands for Haiti and ourselves have pioneered this work in Haiti. Work that was thought to be unachievable prior to the earthquake, to take care of adults and children with disability that breaks new ground. It is a privilege to spearhead this work, that we believe will continue to push new boundaries, giving new hope and freedom for disabled people and challenge the culture of fear and oppression that surrounds them from the communities they live in.

The event was a huge success. Our long-term spinal chord patients and the children from the House of Blessings took part alongside plenty of dignitaries from across Haiti. It was for us a celebration of what can be achieved through dedication, compassion and the desire to see change that lasts.  Before the earthquake, people with Spinal Cord Injuries had little or no chance of survival.  However, this centre along with other partner NGO’s has dramatically changed that tragic reality, making ground breaking developments in rehabilitation over the last 18 months, and marking history as the first permanent unit of this kind in North Haiti.

This work needs your help if it is to succeed. Can you support it? Please donate today. Thank you.

Keep an eye out on our website for information about a few events taking place over the month of January. On the 12th we remember the 2nd year anniversary since the earthquake.

Thanks for all your continued help and support, we wish you a very happy new year.

With love

All of the Haiti Hospital Appeal Team

Inauguration of  our rehab centre signing ceremony
Inauguration of our rehab centre signing ceremony

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Dec 27, 2011

Family training

Parent training session!
Parent training session!

Merry Christmas from the Haiti Hospital Appeal!

We want to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters the very best of seasons greetings. Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, yet it can also hide us from the realities of life for the hurting and the broken, wherever they might be.  For us, we seek to continue to bring hope and new life to the people of Haiti through health care services. It really has been an exciting year. Even today, construction continues on our site. Yet, we look to next year believing greater things are yet to come.

Family Training

A really exciting development of our kids work in the last few months has been the introduction of more regular parent support and training sessions.  For many of our parents in Haiti, looking after a child with a disability can be a hard and lonely task, often alienating families from the rest of their community.  Yet, our new training is providing valuable support and encouragement to these families, giving them a place to share, learn and encourage one another.  Parents have been filled with great joy attending these meetings, and feeling more able to tackle some of the tasks they face back in their towns.  

Filled with greater confidence and assurance, the families are able to feel more confident integrating into the community, and providing the valuable care their children need.  It's just another little step to a more inclusive Haiti, as we see families and communities transformed, as their understanding of disability is changed.

This work is only possible through you.  Could you help further?  If so, please donate today.

Please also check out our website in the coming few weeks as we look at ways to remember the second anniversary of the earthquake.

Thanks again for all your support in 2011, and may we once again wish you all a happy and blessed new year.

Kind regards,

The Haiti Hospital Appeal Team

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