To provide a maternity and pediatric service for some of northern Haiti's poorest families, providing many with their first ever access to medical care in pregnancy and childbirth. Our 44 bed facility with 2 delivery suites, operating theater for birthing emergencies, pediatric ward and NICU, will support many life saving interventions as well as training and equipping midwives, supporting local health centers and providing information about pregnancy and early child development.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Haiti has the highest rate of infant, under five and maternal mortality in the western hemisphere. Due to the extreme poverty, 75% of births take place at home without any medical support in Haiti resulting in over 3000 women dying in childbirth every year - A rate fifty times higher than America. Our challenge is establishing a sustainable, coherent and accessible maternity service in North Haiti.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our maternity unit will provide anti-natal screening and support for mothers at greatest risk, ultrasound services and C-section surgery for emergency cases. Our neo-natal ward will provide 24-hour monitoring and incubators for babies at risk.
Potential Long Term Impact
With this project we will be able to reduce both maternal and child mortality rates and begin to establish a new era of safer childbirth in a region of over 1 million people.
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,138
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $35,862
Total Funding Goal: $50,000