We have some exciting updates in our work to make births safe in Haiti!
1) Infant Incubators Delivered & Installed:
Most recently we purchased and installed additional electrical security for these new incubators so that they won’t meet the same fate as their predecessors. It has taken some timeo address the complicated issues that blocked this from being available in the past, but the Pediatric Department at the Justinien University Hospital (JUH) now has fourincubators to care for prematurebabies in use once again.
Prematurity is the leading cause of death among newborns at the JUH. Since the installation of the incubators, premature infants now have a higher chance of survival.
2) 1600+ Safe Birthing Kits
In May 2015, we sent a 40 foot shipping container full of supplies and medicines to support the Haitian health system. On that container, we sent over 1600 safe birthing kits.
Very simply, a birthing kit is a fabric bag that contains a few essential items for a safe home delivery plus several comfort items for the new baby.Many women in Haiti do not have access to nor the money to pay for delivery at a hospital. We support the Haitian Health Ministry's plan to expand access to skilled deliveries, but in the meantime as part of our work in family planning and maternal health, we also support expectant mothers to have the safest births possible for themselves and their babies when they give birth at home.
You can make safe birthing kits and support our campaign. Learn more today!
In the winter of 2015, 3 volunteer engineers- all board members of Konbit Sante- traveled to Cap- Haitien to work on thewater infrastructure at the Justinein University Hospital(JUH) and Fort San Michel Health Center (FSM).
To prepare for the work, meetings were held to maximize improvements. Volunteer Bob MacKinnon stated, "I participated in several stakeholder meetings involving the JUH utility survey. These included two meetings with the Hospital Administration, one with the Head Nurses of each department, and lastly with the medical equipment technician staff. I was pleasantly surprised that all groups understood the complexity of the issues involved and that the resolution would be a long complicated process. We were made aware of many important issues that we would not have been aware of as a result of the these meetings."
Volunteers worked with Konbit Sante and hospital staff and plan to return again this year. In the meantime, we maintain contact to offer technical advice between visits and continue to fundraise for salaries and supplies for local staff.
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The Haiti: Make Births Safe campaign has advanced a number of improvements in maternal and child health care in northern Haiti. These highlights include:
These achevements were possible because of your support. You can contact us directly at anytime at email@example.com, or through the implementing partners of this campaign:
Konbit Sante- www.healthyhaiti.org
Haiti Hospital Appeal: www.haitihospitalappeal.org