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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!
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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Hello,

Today is the International Day to Eradicate Viloence Againt Women. 

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.

In 2018 FAHM offered its first four-day intensive training/conference to 22 Haitian Midwives living and working in Haiti. We have continued partnership/focus group follow-up sessions which will not only track impact but offer the midwives the much needed continuing support they need in implementing what they have learned. Midwives offer education, screening, testing and reporting in a culturally sensitive manner.

I am happy to announce that on Saturday, November 23rd Josephine and Marthe Elvire, two Haitian Midwives that attended our 2018 training, went live on a Haitian radio talk show to speak out against violence against women. They educated the public about the issue and how Midwives are making a differnce. 

We are so thankful to generous donors like you for helping Haitian Midwives do this very needed and important work. Our fundraising efforts enable us to continue to provide this much needed training annually. You make a lasting difference in someone's life. 

On behalf of Haitian women and Midwives, FAHM, thanks you for your support. We hope that we can count on your continued support and spreading the word about this important work.

Mesi anpil (Thank you so much).

 

 

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Thank you for your generous donations during GlobalGiving’s August Little by Little Matching Campaign and beyond. “Ti pil ti pil fe chaj” is a Haitian proverb which means a little plus a little makes a load. Every bit helps FAHM enable Haitian midwives to stop gender-based violence in Haiti. 

FAHM  continues to prepare for its 2nd Gender-Based Violence (GBV) intensive training for Haitian midwives living and working in Haiti. We are also continuing to work closely with the midwives who attended our initial four-day intensive training in 2018. Focus groups have been held with these midwives which encourage and continue to provide support to them as they implement what they have learned at that conference. The focus groups will also allow FAHM to evaluate the impact the training has had on the midwives and the communities that they serve. These trainings aim to  improve clinical knowledge, make resources and services more readily available and accessible, and increase community awareness of GBV as a public health problem and violation of human rights. 

Presenters from our 2018 conference included physicians from SHOG (Société Haïtienne d’Obstétrique et de Gynécologie), which is equivalent to the USA’s ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). Pre- and post-tests were given to the midwives during the training. Afterwards SHOG shared some of their thoughts on the training:

 

  • The workshops and “real life” examples taken from everyday clinical  practice helped engage the participants.
  • Participants gained a better understanding of the concepts of gender and bias within the context of Haitian culture.
  • Thinking was provoked and participants began to reflect on how to implement not only psychological but clinically supportive measures to sexual assault victims. 

 

FAHM’s utmost goal is to provide Haitian midwives with the knowledge and tools to stop gender-based violence in Haiti as well as to be able to track the impact of this model of training. 

On behalf of Haitian women and midwives, FAHM thanks you for taking this journey with us. We hope that we can count on your continued support and your spreading the word about this important work.

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
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