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!