Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!

by Care 2 Communities
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!
Expand Maternal Healthcare in Haiti with C2C!

Dear supporters,

First of all, we would like to thank you for your precious ongoing support. In order to keep you informed of the evolution of the activities of the Maternal health program throughout the year, we are delighted to share with you our achievements during the third quarter which has just been completed.

In fact, this quarter has been very difficult because our activities have been greatly impacted by the crisis that the country is experiencing at the moment, to such an extent that the program has been non-operational for several weeks.

However, we still had some accomplishments for this quarter. Indeed, we saw 207 uniquely pregnant women during antenatal visits, where these women received comprehensive pregnancy care and made safe delivery plans. We also saw 121 women during postnatal visits, where we checked their health status as well as the health of their child.

All plans have been made to implement the program in Sinek next November. But we still have to recruit and train a nurse, hire an OBGYN and buy an ultrasound device. All this is planned for this month of October.

It should be noted that the realization of this plan depends on the evolution of the political crisis of the Country, because it will be impossible if the protest movements continue across the country with blocking of the roads and impossibility for our staff to go to the clinics.

Again, thank you for your generosity. We hope to be able to share better news with you in our next update. 


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Dear GlobalGiving community,

 

Thank you for your continued support of C2C’s Maternal Health Program! As we are now almost halfway through 2022, we wanted to share some updates on the program from the year so far.

-In the first quarter of 2022 alone, we have seen 251 unique pregnant women at antenatal visits, where these women received comprehensive pregnancy care and developed safe birth plans. We also saw 84 women at postnatal visits, where we checked their health status and the health of their child as well.  

-We are currently working to expand the program to an additional clinic, Sinek, before the end of the year - thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving supporters like you!

-We are in the process of partnering with a health center near our Bayeux clinic so that our patients can have easier access to HIV testing. 

We thank you again for your generosity and look forward to sharing more updates about the program’s expansion to Sinek soon!

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Dear valuable supporters, 

Our C2C team were hoping to start 2022 without news headlines about COVID-19, but alas this is not the case, with Omicron impacting whole world. When it comes to our Maternal Health Program, many of the women enrolled in the program missed scheduled antenatal appointments due to them getting the flu or COVID-19. Since testing for COVID-19 in Haiti, especially in the rural areas we serve, is hard to come by, we have a hard time diagnosing the women in our program. For the ones that missed their appointments, the registration nurse and midwife call them up and check on their health status to see how their pregnancy is progressing considering their sickness.

In happier news, we are excited to report that in 2021 we had a total of 2,749 antenatal care visits: over 932 first visits, 648 second visits, 500 third visits, 383 fourth visits, and 286 5th+ visits. We’ve also given 1,114 Diphtheria vaccine shots as part of the program. In addition, our OB-GYN conducted 1,392 ultrasounds for the year. We are deeply grateful for the continued support of our amazing GlobalGiving community -- YOU made this all possible. 

This year, our main focus will be improving the program. We modified some of our procedures to be able to answer the high demand for enrollment. Previoulsly, our OB-GYN and midwife would both consult women coming for their initial visit. Since the first visit takes the longest with all the laboratory tests, ultrasound tests, and recording of medical history, we thought it would be best for the OB-GYN to handle all new patients and the midwife only consult patients coming for the second, third, and fourth visits; therefore, leaving the first and last visit to the OB-GYN and all at-risk pregnancies.

Furthermore, we are proud to report that our postnatal visits have been successful so far. In two recent vistits, we realized that even though the two mothers we visited had given birth at the hospital, they had not yet given their newborns the BCG vaccine, which is an important vaccine to protect against tuberculosis. After educating them on the importance of coming to our clinics with their babies to get the vaccine, they followed our recommendations and visited the following week. During the postnatal visit, we checked on the baby’s umbilical cord stump to ensure it was properly healing, and encouraged the mothers to breastfeed and not give food to their babies in the first 4-6 months.

The combination of our antenatal and postnatal visits have improved the knowledge of the women we serve in our communities. All this could not be achieved without the generous donations from the GlobalGiving community. Thank you and we look forward to sharing more about this program with you this year!

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Over the last couple of months, C2C’s Maternal Health Program has grown in popularity even more--we now have a 1-2 month waiting list for two of the three clinics that offer these services!

Even though the program is already popular, we are always trying to improve its quality and efficiency. Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, we are currently innovating new ways to increase patient throughput and reduce waiting times (especially in the laboratory). One of the first changes we made was to provide our laboratories with a second microscope. From the 25 women we enroll for the day, eight of them are new patients, and the rest are for follow-ups. The newly-admitted patients have ten laboratory tests, which take the most time. The second microscope will reduce the time the laboratory technicians take to deliver critical results. We are also looking at soliciting the expert advice of an OB-GYN specializing in global health to see how we can modify the maternal health protocol and see more patients.

Thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving community, since the beginning of 2021, we have had 2,048 antenatal care visits across three clinics! Of those, we have had more than 385 women come for at least four antenatal visits. In addition, we have administered more than 1,000 Diphtheria vaccine shots to maximize the maternal antibody response and passive antibody transfer in the newborn. We have also conducted more than 942 ultrasound tests. 

Furthermore, our community health team is working hard organizing postnatal visits to check on the health status of the new mothers and babies. The team is also encouraging mothers to come to the clinic and get their children vaccinated and do a follow-up consultation with our doctors.

All this cannot be done without the support and generosity of the general population. Still, the Maternal Health Program is a highly in-demand service at all our clinics (currently it is in three of our seven clinics). We are hoping to be able to expand it to the rest of our network of clinics in the near future.

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Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving community members like you, C2C launched the maternal health program in the rural area of Bayeux in October 2020 and has consulted with pregnant women every Monday since. From the start, the program was managed by our amazing team, consisting of an OBGYN, a midwife, and a registration nurse. Since our doors first opened, we have recorded 208 antenatal care visits! 


In addition to promoting the program within our clinic, our community health team promotes it in the different communities that surround the clinic as well, in order to increase the popularity of the program and spread awareness through word-of-mouth. When we began the program in October, we were only seeing about 7 patients per day—now, we are seeing 17 patients per day! Some of these patients travel great distances to come to our clinic, even from an hour away. In the region of Bayeux, C2C is the only organization providing antenatal care consultations in a catchment area of about 10,000 people. Without your support, pregnant women in this area would not be able to access the level of care they need to ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries.


We are committed to providing care that is accessible to poor and low-income women. In surrounding areas, an ultrasound test can cost $15-20 each on top of a consultation fee—too expensive for the women we serve. At C2C, our patients love that ultrasounds are included in our low bundle price. Another aspect that our patients love about our program and that has helped increase our patient volume is the care and attention our amazing staff gives each patient that comes to our clinic. We limit our volume to 25 patients a day to ensure that each pregnant woman receives adequate time with the midwife and the OBGYN. In addition to medical care, we also provide each woman with educational information on their pregnancy, reproductive health, and newborn health. We also call each woman to remind them of their appointments so that they attend all of the recommended visits, and after they have given birth, we call again to check on the woman and the newborn's health status. 


We are so grateful to the GlobalGiving community for making our maternal health program possible in Bayeux and we are so excited to continue to update you on the progress of the program and the expansion of the program to other clinics in the future! Mèsi anpil!
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Care 2 Communities

Location: Boston, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Racha Yehia
Cap-Haitien, Haiti
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