Haiti is a dangerous place to be pregnant; health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in Haiti are the lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Only 67% of pregnant women receive the recommended prenatal visits which are crucial to monitor fetal growth, manage hypertensive conditions, screen for complications, and prepare women for safe deliveries. C2C seeks to expand our Maternal Health Program to one more clinic this year so more pregnant women in northern Haiti can get the care they deserve.
Haiti has some of the worst health outcomes in the Western Hemisphere, including the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. This grim reality for Haiti's most vulnerable populations is exacerbated by the fact that people cannot access high-quality health facilities. Access to primary care services, including maternity care and family planning, is essential for the health and well-being of a population and for the survival of mothers and children.
C2C's Maternal Health Program is designed to offer pregnant women comprehensive care from the onset of pregnancy through the baby's first 6 months of life. It includes consultations with nurse/midwife and OB/GYN, diagnostics including lab tests and ultrasounds, pharmaceuticals including prenatal vitamins, a complete set of diagnostics and counseling during the first visit, development of safe birth plans, and monitoring of adherence to follow-up visits. We offer family planning services as well.
Expanding this program to more clinics will increase the amount of maternal health visits C2C carries out within our clinic network (we saw 2100 maternal health visits in 2019), with the long-term goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in our catchment area of northern Haiti.