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Dec 4, 2018

Maternal Health in Rural Haiti

This past year, Project Medishare opened a second maternity center, in Lahoye. The first woman to give birth in the new center was 23-year old Tagella. For Tagella, it was her first time delivering in a clinic.

Tagella lives in a very rural area, with the nearest hospital being more than 45 minutes away. With her first two children, she went into labor at night. Risking the trip, on an unpaved road in the dark, was too dangerous. So, her first two children were born at home, with no medical supervision. This is the case for thousands of woman in the Central Plateau.

With our new maternity center in Lahoye, Tagella now has somewhere she can safely give birth, under the care of our trained nurses and midwives and she can encourage other women to do the same.

Your contributions will be aiding mothers like Tagella, helping to make childbirth and pregnancy safer for moms in rural Haiti. Our first eligible baby box recipients are due to give birth in early 2019. We can’t wait to share with you the stories of these mothers. Thank you for your continued support of our programs, together we are saving lives.

Oct 9, 2018

Healthcare in Rural Haiti Update #1

Summer was a busy time in the Central Plateau. Between over 5,000 patient visits at our health clinics, more than 50 births between our two maternity centers, and mobile clinic attendance upwards of 40,000, our staff doctors, nurses and community health agents worked hard to provide the best care possible to our patients. Patient visits range from preventative to diagnostic, as for many in this rural area, we remain the only source of healthcare.

Your support of our rural healthcare mission allows us to treat patients like nine-month old Cameciara. While under the care of a family member, Cameciara fell into a boiling pot of soup. When her mother, Rosemene, arrived home, she was shocked to see her daughter's badly burned face and body.

Rosemene immediately grabbed her baby and frantically walked 30 minutes to our clinic in Marmont, where she also previously received prenatal care and gave birth to Cameciara. Under the close supervision of Project Medishare's pediatrician, Cameciara is receiving the wound care and medication she needs to heal. We saw her a few weeks after her first visit to the Marmont clinic, and are thrilled to report she is happy, smiling and healing well.

We cannot express our gratitude enough for your continued support of our mission. On behalf of Cameciara, Rosemene, and the rest of our patients, we sincerely thank you. 

Sep 5, 2018

Baby Box Pilot Program - Report 2

Over the last three months, the staff at Project Medishare’s two maternity centers in rural Haiti have been working diligently to promote the baby box and newborn welcome kit among their patients. Posters and flyers have been placed in both maternity centers, creating visual images of the baby box and its contents, and outlining eligibility requirements. This awareness helps our team educate expecting moms on the importance of continued prenatal care, safe delivery services and postnatal care.

Additionally, we’ve finalized which items will be in the baby box, including washcloths, a swaddle blanket, baby wipes, thermometer and much more. The boxes and accompanying materials will be purchased in the fall and shipped to Haiti before the end of the year. The first boxes are expected to be distributed in January or February 2019.

Between our two maternity centers in Marmont and Lahoye, there are currently 152 expecting mothers eligible to receive a baby box. (A total of 80 baby boxes will be distributed as part of this pilot initiative.) The moms-to-be are excited about the possibility of receiving a baby box, which aside from providing newborn babies a safe place to sleep, will also include essential health and baby care items -- many of which are considered luxuries in a rural setting such as the Central Plateau.

One of the eligible mothers that we’ve had the opportunity to meet recently is Masius. Masius is 18 years old and expecting her first child. She’s eight weeks into her first trimester and lives with her husband in Hinche, a nearby town about 20 minutes away by motor vehicle. She travels to our maternity center in Marmont via motorcycle taxi. Masius considers herself fortunate, because she was able to complete both primary school and her first year of high school. She works in "commerce", which is a common occupation for women in Haiti, selling food or small household items as a street vendor or from a small store.

Masius and her husband hope to welcome their first baby at the maternity center in Marmont. They know they have other delivery options in their community, but her husband has heard good things about the quality of care provided by Project Medishare’s team of nurses and midwives. She would like to participate in the baby box program; we’ve encouraged her to come to all of her visits and complete required laboratory tests so that she will be eligible to receive the box for her new baby.

Thank you for your support of this program, which is helping to make childbirth and pregnancy safer for moms in rural Haiti. Because of you, expecting mom like Masius will welcome healthy babies into the world.

 
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