Many women in rural Haiti do not have access to prenatal care. They give birth at home, with no help if there are complications during and after delivery. As a result, Haiti has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Continued prenatal care for women in poor, rural communities is crucial for a healthy pregnancy, and early prevention and treatment of potentially deadly complications. This project will encourage women to seek prenatal care throughout their pregnancy.
PM provides lifesaving maternal health services in rural Haiti. To increase the number of women who receive regular prenatal care, we will provide newborn welcome kits to 75 Haitian moms who visit our maternity centers at least twice during their second trimester, twice during their third trimester, and give birth at the clinic. Each kit will include a baby box -- a cardboard box with a mattress that provides a safe sleep space. The kit will also include health, hygiene and baby care items.
As a result of this project, Project Medishare expects an increase in the number of women who visit our maternity center four or more times during their pregnancy. This will lead to healthier pregnancies and safer deliveries, and long-term, a reduction in maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Haiti.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Inside a Haitian Maternity Center