Oct 12, 2020

Haitian Midwives Making a Difference

Tania-- Midwife
Tania-- Midwife

One in three Haitian women, ages 15 to 49, has experienced physical and/or sexual violence.  Contributing factors to gender-based violence (GBV) include civil unrest, political instability, lack of infrastructure, and poverty. Add to that getting through a pandemic which increases domestic violence during times of confinement. Women play a central role in Haitian society and its economy. GBV has crippling immediate and long term effects not only on women but on societies as a whole.

Why are FAHM and Haitian Midwives so committed to ending gender-based violence? Tania, a Haitian midwife, just about sums it up when asked, “What is the importance of women’s health in a community?”

“For me, the way in which the human being is born impacts the course of his life. In addition, how a woman is treated while giving birth will create an indelible impact on her motherhood and influence the relationship she will have with her child. If we offer each woman the opportunity to give life with respect, dignity and help to realize the enormous strength that exists in herself, we contribute to the emancipation of her being. She will be a better mother; the child will have more opportunities in his future. And this will impact the community and the potential to change the world for the better.”

This year, FAHM has had to switch tracks when it came to our programming plans and immediately respond to the coronavirus pandemic and its residual effects as we continue our programs, adapting and adjusting as needed. FAHM joined GlobalGiving’s wonderful community in 2018. Haiti has faced many challenges since: political unrest, crashing economy, inflated gas/fuel and food prices, hurricanes and now the COVID-19 pandemic. You will note a change in our project description and donation options which reflect the adjustments we have had to make to continue our mission of helping Haitian Midwives stop violence against women.

 Here is a quick glimpse of our upcoming plans to combat GBV in Haiti.  

  • Who midwifes the midwife? FAHM does!

Combating GBV takes mental strength and stamina. This summer FAHM hosted its, first time ever, webinar series addressing and nurturing midwives' mental health needs: "COVID Stress & Anxiety," "Self-Care for the Health Care Professional," and "Domestic Violence during Confinement." To date, 91 midwives throughout Haiti have attended. The webinars are a hit and have a long waiting list. We will continue to offer more webinars through the Fall. 

  • October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child

This year the theme for UNICEF is “My voice, our equal future,andUN Women’s theme is “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.”FAHM will partner with Grace Community Birth Center in Terrier-Rouge in Haiti’s Nord-Est (North East) Department to hold an educational health fair for approximately 100 teen girls. We will highlight them and their ideas on “reimagining a better world where they are recognized, counted and invested in” (per UN Women’s theme). We hope to inspire them to believe that they have the ability to be change-makers and be the authors of their own narrative. 

  • November 25th - International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women

Once a week during November we invite you to join FAHM via live webinars featuring prominent Haitian advocates standing against GBV. The objective of these webinars is to provide evidence-based research, information and local resources on GBV within Haiti’s cultural construct. 

Your strong and steady support helps empower midwives in doing what they do best: keeping birth and reproductive services safe, respectful and accessible no matter what unexpected curve ball life throws. 

 Sending health and strength to each of you and your loved ones. Thank you for your continued support and standing strong with Haitian women, babies, families and FAHM in our fight to end gender-based violence in Haiti. 

 

Kore Saj Fanm pou Ayiti pi djanm 

Empowering Midwives for a stronger Haiti

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Sep 8, 2020

Thank you for your COVID response

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

We could not have done it without you! Community is powerful. 

Thanks to you, on July 21st, we reached our $5,000 goal on our GlobalGiving micro project: “Covid-19: Midwives on the frontline saving lives.” On July 30th we were surprised, honored and delighted to be awarded $15,000 from GlobalGIving’s  Coronavirus Relief Fund to support our work in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

When the pandemic first reached Haiti, we were able to provide aid to Haiti’s midwives through our work and coordination with the Midwifery Association (AISFH) and launched an Immediate Response Plan which included supplies and education for the midwives and the communities that they serve within Haiti’s 10 departments. We were able to quickly implement the plan which included education for 327 midwives and the distribution of “kits” (gloves, surgical masks, N95 masks, soap, hand sanitizer, Vitamin C, and water buckets with spigots for hand washing).

FAHM is so grateful for your generous response and support of our micro project. Because of your donations we are more than thrilled to be able to provide much more desperately needed supplies and education. From your donations, the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant, as well as donated cloth masks and face shields FAHM was able to launch a Second Response. 

With the combined efforts of our Immediate and Second Response we were able to provide a total of:

300 N95 professional grade medical masks

600 KN95 professional grade medical masks

1920 Surgical masks 

837 Cloth masks 

40 Face shields  

Ever wonder who midwives the midwife? FAHM does!

As identified through our COVID-19 Immediate Relief Response Plan, it was apparent that the urgent need for psychological support for the midwives should be addressed.This summer FAHM  hosted, its first time ever, webinar series addressing and nurturing midwives' mental health needs: "COVID Stress & Anxiety," "Self Care for the Health Care Professional," and "Domestic Violence during Confinement." To date 67 midwives throughout Haiti have attended. The webinars are a hit and have a long waiting list. Due to your support we are able to continue to offer these series through the Fall which will enable more midwives to attend.

Thank you for helping to keep birth safer in Haiti during this horrific pandemic. 

 

Mesi anpil / Thanks so much!

 

With gratitude,

Martine Jean-Baptiste

FAHM Founder, Executive Director

 

Kore Saj Fanm pou Ayiti pi djanm

Empowering midwives for a stronger Haiti



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Jun 11, 2020

Stop All Violence!

 

Hope this update finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.  

 This year has been quite challenging, to say the least. Haiti is currently facing two crises: the global COVID-19 pandemic and gender-based violence (GBV).

 In March, after identifying its first two cases of Corona virus, Haiti quickly declared a State of National Emergency closing its borders, airports, schools and some businesses. As I write to you today, three months after the first identified cases, the toll continues to rise. Here are Haiti’s current statistics as of June 10th:

 3,662 total infected cases

3,582 currently infected patients

56 total patients dead

24 total recovered patients 

124 number of new cases 

2 number of new deaths  

 Haiti is now dealing with unprecedented challenges to their already compromised systems of health, educationeconomics and politics. The effects of this pandemic will further compound already existing issues of unemployment, food insecurity and a fragile, volatile economy. 

 FAHM, along with the Haitian Midwifery Association, was able to quickly put together an Immediate Pandemic Response Plan which included education for  327 midwives across Haiti’s 10 departments and the distribution of “kits” (gloves, surgical masks, N95 masks, soap, hand sanitizer, Vitamin C, and water buckets with spigots for handwashing).

 GBV is also a global issue. FAHM is committed to addressing and eradicating this issue in Haiti through the midwifery model of care. During times of crisis GBV increases. Now more than ever, as we ride the tide of this pandemic, we must be able to continue to train more midwives to equip them with the necessary education, skills and resources to combat GBV in Haiti. GBV is a complex issue with multiple layers of consequences (psychological, economical, social/societal, legal and cultural). According to the 2017 Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), approximately 23.5% of women in Haiti reported sexual and physical violence committed by a partner.

 We must continue to be ready to respond to immediate crises as well as their residual effects as we stay true to our mission and our scheduled programming plans. We count on you continuing to join us in staying the course. Together we are making a difference. 

 

Sending health and strength to each of you and your loved ones. Thank you for your continued support and standing strong with Haitian women, babies, families and FAHM.

 

Kore Saj Fanm pou Ayiti pi djanm

Empowering midwives for a stronger Haiti

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