Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership

To support the development of a sustainable health care system to meet the needs of the Cap-Haitien community with maximum local direction and support.
Jul 20, 2015

Birthing Kits & Infant Incubators!

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!

 

Jun 25, 2015

Water Advancements Made at 2 Health Facilities!

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."

  1. Survey of building plumbing at JUH
  2. Survey of water distribution system at JUH
  3. Chlorination tests
  4. Water quality tests throughout hospital
  5. Meetings with hospital administration to discuss study and findings
  6. Utility survey of FSM
  7. Replacement of water heater for sterilizer and preventive maintenance work on sterilizer
  8. Repair of water supply for public toilets at JUH
  9. Survey of electrical distribution work at JUH including a meeting with the contractor
  10. Test softener to hospital  sterilizer

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.

PLease contact us with any questions or concernc, or if you have a n interest in volunteering, at 207 347 6733/volunteer@konbitsante.org

Mar 6, 2015

2014 Advancements in Making Births Safe in Haiti!

The Haiti: Make Births Safe campaign has advanced a number of improvements in maternal and child health care in northern Haiti.  These highlights include:

  • Decreasing newborn mortality: Supported aquality improvement initiative with colleagues inthe Pediatric Department of Justinian UniversityHospital that led to a 67% decrease in thechance of a newborn dying  in the pediatric unitin 2014 compared to 2013.
  • Family planning: In collaboration with a research teamfrom Emory University School of Medicine, completeda study of abortion practices in Cap-Haitien. Whileabortion is illegal in Haiti, the study found that womenare knowledgeable about methods to induce abortion,but often delay seeking post-abortion care due toperceived stigma from health care providers. The studyalso highlighted high levels of unmet need for familyplanning in Cap-Haitien. The ndings of the studywere presented to partners throughout the Ministry ofHealth and potential strategies to address these issuesare being discussed with partners.
  • Safer births: Advanced our collaborative ‘Haiti: MakeBirths Safe’ initiative with Haiti Hospital Appeal by jointly initiating a 3-year project that will expandcommunity- based maternal and child health servicesto previously underserved areas in Quartier Morin andthe Cap-Haitien section of Bande du Nord.
  • Nutrition Research: Collaborated with WashingtonUniversity to conduct a study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2014). Itshowed that supplementation can have a positive effect onstunting, but the effects are limited in context of ongoingdiarrheal illness. Konbit Sante staff joined other partnerorganizations to share the results in Port- au-Prince tothe Haitian Ministry of Health and others; a presentationthat was lmed for both national television and radio

These achevements were possible because of your support.  You can contact us directly at anytime at info@healthybirthing.org, or through the implementing partners of this campaign:

Konbit Sante- www.healthyhaiti.org

Haiti Hospital Appeal: www.haitihospitalappeal.org 

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