Project #15118

Making Births Safe: Haiti

by Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership

We have some exciting updates in our work to make births safe in Haiti!


1) Infant Incubators Delivered & Installed: 

Most recently we purchased and installed additional electrical security for these new incubators so that they won’t meet the same fate as their predecessors. It has taken some timeo address the complicated issues that blocked this from being available in the past, but the Pediatric Department at the Justinien University Hospital (JUH) now has fourincubators to care for prematurebabies in use  once again.

Prematurity is the leading cause of death among newborns at the JUH.  Since the installation of the incubators, premature infants now have a higher chance of survival.

2) 1600+ Safe Birthing Kits

In May 2015, we sent a 40 foot shipping container full of supplies and medicines to support the Haitian health system. On that container, we sent over 1600 safe birthing kits. 

Very simply, a birthing kit is a fabric bag that contains a few essential items for a safe home delivery plus several comfort items for the new baby.

Many women in Haiti do not have access to nor the money to pay for delivery at a hospital. We support the Haitian Health Ministry's plan to expand access to skilled deliveries, but in the meantime as part of our work in family planning and maternal health, we also support expectant mothers to have the safest births possible for themselves and their babies when they give birth at home.

You can make safe birthing kits and support our campaign. Learn more today!


The Haiti: Make Births Safe campaign has advanced a number of improvements in maternal and child health care in northern Haiti.  These highlights include:

  • Decreasing newborn mortality: Supported aquality improvement initiative with colleagues inthe Pediatric Department of Justinian UniversityHospital that led to a 67% decrease in thechance of a newborn dying  in the pediatric unitin 2014 compared to 2013.
  • Family planning: In collaboration with a research teamfrom Emory University School of Medicine, completeda study of abortion practices in Cap-Haitien. Whileabortion is illegal in Haiti, the study found that womenare knowledgeable about methods to induce abortion,but often delay seeking post-abortion care due toperceived stigma from health care providers. The studyalso highlighted high levels of unmet need for familyplanning in Cap-Haitien. The ndings of the studywere presented to partners throughout the Ministry ofHealth and potential strategies to address these issuesare being discussed with partners.
  • Safer births: Advanced our collaborative ‘Haiti: MakeBirths Safe’ initiative with Haiti Hospital Appeal by jointly initiating a 3-year project that will expandcommunity- based maternal and child health servicesto previously underserved areas in Quartier Morin andthe Cap-Haitien section of Bande du Nord.
  • Nutrition Research: Collaborated with WashingtonUniversity to conduct a study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2014). Itshowed that supplementation can have a positive effect onstunting, but the effects are limited in context of ongoingdiarrheal illness. Konbit Sante staff joined other partnerorganizations to share the results in Port- au-Prince tothe Haitian Ministry of Health and others; a presentationthat was lmed for both national television and radio

These achevements were possible because of your support.  You can contact us directly at anytime at, or through the implementing partners of this campaign:

Konbit Sante-

Haiti Hospital Appeal: 

Please help us congratulate William from New York, who will be bringing his equally excited girlfriend, Sarah, to the set of Downton Abbey and dinner at the Criterion restaurant with actress Laura Carmichael.

William took part in our sweepstakes by donating to support the campaign, Haiti: Make Births Safe.

When we shared the news with William, he explained, "The opportunity to meet Laura Carmichael and be briefly immersed in the Downton Abbey universe is the chance of a lifetime. When I saw the Laura Carmichael experience benefiting Haiti: Make Births Safe, I was inspired to give. All women should have the right to have a safe birth and Haiti has had so many difficulties and challenges."

Stay tuned for more opportunities to support the Haiti:Make Births Safe campaign and future chances to win!

In the meantime, we are asking all supporters to help assemble and send us birthing kits so that we can send them to Haiti to be given out at our mobile outreach clinics for pregnant women.

Konbit Sante is sending a 40 foot shipping container this summer, from Maine to Haiti. We already have over 1,000 birthing kits but we need more!  Attached is a simple guide to making safe birthing kits.  We have had great success with schools, groups, churches and mother's groups joining together to assemble and send us birthing kits.

 You can reach us at 207 347 6733/ at any time with any questions or concerns.


Dear friends,

We have been busy at work launching our campaign around making births safe in northern Haiti.  We have a brand new website explaining all aspects of the campaign and how you can get involved!  Visit Haiti: Make Births Safe

You can also reach us directly now at

We have an exciting opportunity starting February 18th where people who support the campaign can enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for 2 to the UK to visit the set and cast of Downton Abbey. See the attached flyer and visit the website for more details.

We encourage you to explore our approach to our work to make births safe in Haiti.  


Thank you for your support and please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Haiti: Make Births Safe is a new campaign consisting of international and Haitian nonprofits working to ensure the health of Haiti's mothers and children in northern Haiti.  By investing in local medical facilities, training community healthcare providers and empowering women with knowledge and support, H:MBS takes a systemic approach to providing affective and accessible maternal and newborn care. Haiti: Make Births Safe is a partnership between Konbit Sante, a 501c3 nonprofit registered in the United States and Haiti, and Haiti Hospital Appeal, a registered non-governmental charity in the United Kingdom. Donations are tax deductible.



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Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership

Location: Portland, Maine - Haiti
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Danny Muller
Project Manager
Portland, Maine Haiti

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