Education  Haiti Project #38871

Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

by Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc (FAHM)
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Empowering Midwives for a stronger Haiti
Empowering Midwives for a stronger Haiti

FAHM is proud to celebrate The International Day of the Midwife. This year's theme is “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” Thanks to your support, FAHM continues to join forces with our Haitian Midwife partners to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health care in Haiti.
 

Exciting news.... The 2021 State of the World's Midwifery (SoWMy) Report will be released today!  Co-led by UNFPA, WHO and ICM, SoWMy 2021 provides an updated evidence base and detailed analysis on the impact of midwives on maternal and newborn health outcomes and the return on investment in midwives. Check it out:  unfpa.org/sowmy

Midwives are fundamental to improving quality maternal and newborn care and ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths. We salute them always and especially on this special day.

A special thank you and acknowledgment to FAHM's Midwives: Karen Jefferson, Thamy Crevecoeur, Martine Jean-Baptiste, Stephanie Etienne and Lodz Joseph Lemon. Thank you for your dedication to improving maternal/child health in Haiti and the USA.

FAHM's Midwives
FAHM's Midwives

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as "The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife." To say that 2020 was challenging is an understatement. Challenges ignite opportunities for growth and change. Together, in 2020, we navigated a pandemic, an economic downturn, rising political and social unrest and insecurity, food insecurity, and stood up to fight gender-based violence. 

In my last report, back in October, I told you about our plans for the last quarter of 2020. Thanks to your support, here is how it went...

International Day of the Girl-- October 8

This year’s theme: “My voice, our equal future”

FAHM was overjoyed to partner with Grace Community Birth Center (GCBC) in Terrier Rouge, located in Haiti’s north east region, to amplify the voices of Haitian girls in honor of the International Day of the Girl. GCBC was founded and is directed by the dynamo Haitian Midwife, Ninotte Lubin. She facilitated an empowering health education workshop for 110 girls, ages 12-18, coming from eight neighboring rural areas. She encouraged and inspired the girls to envision a bright future where they have a voice and that voice is heard and respected. Together they developed attainable and concrete tools to empower them to be the author of their personal narrative to physically, mentally, sexually, socially and financially live a healthy and prosperous life.

Lunch and Learn Live Webinar Series

Nov 11, 18, 24, Dec 2

Nov 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a global human rights violation. According to the 2017 Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), approximately 23.5% of women in Haiti reported sexual and physical violence committed by a partner. Thirteen percent (13%) report an act of violence within the past 12 months. Many experts feel that the statistics about gender-based violence in Haiti are even greater than the numbers reported by DHS.

FAHM and Haitian Midwives continue to strive to END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE in Haiti. FAHM launched its first ever, weekly four-part Lunch and Learn Live Series (Zoom, Facebook, Boston Caribbean Network). We discussed and highlighted the issue in Haiti’s cultural context. The webinars were presented by a panel of Haitian experts spanning a variety of professions, from medical doctors, activists, psychologists and more. Who better to tell their narrative than Haitian women and men who have dedicated their careers to end GBV in Haiti. We reached an audience across the USA, Haiti and Canada.

November & December

Social Media Campaign

During the month of November and early December, FAHM ran a social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram highlighting its Haitian partner agencies that presented during the live webinar series. It not only highlighted the work that they do, but included free hotline phone numbers to receive help for GBV survivors and those seeking mental health counseling and services.

Annual Holiday Festivities for the Children’s Group at Grace Community Birth Center

Terrier Rouge, Haiti- December 28, 29

The year ended with celebration and hope for a bright  future. In partnership with Grace Community Birth Center, FAHM hosted a two-day, fun filled, creative and educational event for girls and boys ages 6-12 and some teenagers ages 13-20 in Terrier Rouge. The themes were: Understanding and breaking gender-based stereotypes, and gender roles and cooperative living (Community building: Life can be better if you work together).

Dec 28 Beach Day

  • 29 children from Foreste and Grand Basin
  • Swimming, soccer and rope jumping used as tools to learn team sports (benefit of working together/playing fair), break down gender role stereotypes, and benefits of exercise. 

Dec 29 Holiday Party

  • 60 children from Patricot, Foreste, Grand Basin and Terrier Rouge
  • Three plays written and performed by the kids exploring body autonomy, self respect, gender-based violence, sexual and physical abuse, and gender-based stereotypes/roles
  • Poetry recital and dance performances

Children are the future!

We hope that you will continue to join us in celebrating, highlighting, supporting and spreading the word about the important work that Midwives are doing to end gender-based violence in Haiti.

We appreciate you. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a  happy and healthy new year.



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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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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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The World Heath Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the "The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife."

The Midwifery Model of Care is a philosophy of care that is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. It includes monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle. It encompasses client-centered education, counseling, prenatal care, continuous care and assistance during labor and birth, as well as postpartum (post birth) support and care. Midwifery minimizes and uses technological interventions when appropriate. Midwives also provide family planning counseling and services, health education and sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment. Midwives learn to provide sensitive, culturally appropriate, dignified care that improves women’s trust in the healthcare system. This also puts them in the optimal position to address issues regarding gender-based violence.

Midwifery care contributes directly to reducing maternal and infant mortality. It has been found to be highly cost-effective. Experts estimate that proper education and continued support could help midwives to avert roughly two thirds of all maternal and newborn death.

Haiti has a population of approximately 11 million of which a little over half are women. Currently there are just under 500 midwives in Haiti. That is not enough!

FAHM is overjoyed with WHO's designation and celebration of "The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife." We hope that you will continue to join us in celebrating, highlighting, supporting and spreading the word about the important work that midwives do. Together we can make a difference. 

 Mesi anpil (Thank you so much)

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Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc (FAHM)

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Martine Jean-Baptiste
New York, NY United States
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