Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti

by Hope Health Action
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
Run a Maternity and Neonatal Unit in Haiti
New-borns sharing an incubator
New-borns sharing an incubator

The Neonatal Intensive Care unit at our partner hospital in Haiti has been incredibly busy in the last few months, taking in additional patients from other health facilities that had to reduce services or close due to political unrest and fuel shortages. One day, there were 21 babies in a ward designed for 8, including 4 sets of twins.

One mother told us; "I am very happy to have given birth to my twins at HCBH. I was properly treated and the nurses made me feel at home and that's the kind of insurance I need to show that me and my babies are protected."

We're very happy to say these little ones recovered from their conditions, including jaundice and were discharged after a few days.

668 babies were admitted to the Neonatal Care Unit (NICU) at our partner hospital between July 2020 and June 2021. At times, the incredible team of Doctors and Nurses were treating over 20 babies in a unit designed for 8. This significantly impacts patient care.

Haiti struggles with the highest rate of infant mortality in the western hemisphere. For a long time, we've wanted to expand this unit to provide high quality, life-saving care to more babies and we are still working hard to achieve this goal. We aim to start actively fundraising towards this project in 2022 and hope that you will join us in our journey to dramatically improve care for new-borns in northern Haiti and help save the lives of thousands of babies in the years to come.

We thank you so much for your continued support of our maternity and paediatric care at our hospital. Lives are saved every day thanks to your support.

NICU Nurses treating a new-born
NICU Nurses treating a new-born
Twins
Twins
Jaundice treatment
Jaundice treatment
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HHA believe every mother and baby deserve the right to life, with the help of safe and dignified maternal health. Each year we support thousands of women through a range of community and hospital-based activities, as we fight to reduce maternal mortalities globally.

In our most recent story we have baby L, born in our maternity ward at HCBH at only 28wks and 6 days. During delivery, Doctor Dorsanvil (who is also our head OBGYN) noticed that the newborn didn’t have any movement in the chest area, so he quickly handed over to Doctor Barbara (the head Pediatrician) and she started assessing baby L. After thorough examination, baby was quickly admitted to the Neonatal ward for further assistance. L had difficulty breathing and was treated for APNEA (a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts) where she was quickly placed on a C-PAP machine to help with the treatment. Nurse Louis who was on call during that night said “baby L did good last night but (the next) morning baby was not looking the same, the NICU staff had to work hard to gain recovery.”This was the mothers third child born at HCBH who said she feels her baby is in safe hands with our Doctors.

Thanks to the fast thinking of our healthcare staff, L is stable and doing well in the NICU unit where she is still being closely monitored.

We thank you so much for your continued support of our maternity and paediatric care at our hospital. Lives are saved every day thanks to your support.

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Premature twins
Premature twins

Making the right choices about healthcare for you and your family in Haiti isn't easy. Sometimes there is a choice, and sometimes there isn't, but making the wrong decision can prove to be a tragic mistake. Life here is not like the UK where there is always somewhere local to go if we are in need. Here at HHA we think it's our responsibility to not only provide the health services people need, but also make as many people aware of the choices they have and how to make them. 

We recently met a mother who gave birth to twins at HCBH, our partner hospital. These twins (one boy and one girl) were born on 22nd November 2022 and were immediately admitted to the NICU due to being 8-weeks premature. They were both kept under the care of our medical team in the NICU for 100 days who constantly monitored their progress and ensured both babies received the life-saving help they needed. After much care and attention from our professional team, on 3rd March 2021 both of the twins were discharged in good health. What a joyful day that was!

This story however doesn’t end there. With another young child already in the family, life is very hard for these parents as the father had been forced to go to the Dominican republic to find work. On top of this, after the babies were discharged from the NICU the family was faced with a hospital bill of nearly $4,000 USD. The family worked hard to pay off half of this amount, but were reliant on HHA to provide support for the remaining costs of this bill. 

Since the twins have been discharged, they have been thriving and have attended all of their clinic appointments, showing good progress. 

We thank you so much for your continued support of our maternity and paediatric care at our hospital. Lives are saved every day thanks to your support. 

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The team celebrating NICU's 9th anniversary
The team celebrating NICU's 9th anniversary

A huge thanks on behalf of the HHA team for your continued support of our work. The Maternity and Neonatal service in Haiti is developing really well, and we're continuously grateful for this being made possible by individuals like you.

This week, our NICU unit celebrated its 9th anniversary and the team celebrated this fantastic milestone with some well-deserved cake and bubbles. During the past 9 years your donations have saved, quite literally, thousands of lives. We are in awe of your continued support and couldn't have made it without you. 

Even after 9 years, the situation across Haiti for mothers and babies is still often more painful than we could imagine. Yet, your support is generating great hope for many communities, and providing a new opportunity for many thousands of women and babies in the future to receive the support, love and care they require.

It's hard to share all the stories, but we thought we'd encourage you with one. This month, a mother-of-two came into the hospital at around 2am with severe lower stomach paints and minor bleeding. Overcome with worry about this bleeding whilst pregnant, a specialist nurse (who has 6 years experience under her belt, and thankfully very quick on her feet) was called to assist the young woman. This nurse had faced situations like this before, and she immediately attended to the mother and started the procedure to get baby out whilst it was still safe to do so. After calling for help from additional healthcare care professionals on duty, the team managed to stop the bleeding and delivery baby safely. After many hours of stress and worry, the new Mum (to a baby girl) said she felt 'relieved and blessed to have a new born amongst the family. Thank you HCBH and maternity nurses'. 

We can't explain how grateful we are that you continue to support us, so that we can share life-saving stories like this and keep these vital services available to HCBH.

We hope this update will inspire you, and remind you of the real difference you have made to mothers and babies in some of the poorest communities in Haiti. Here's to the next 9 years!

The team celebrating NICU's 9th anniversary
The team celebrating NICU's 9th anniversary
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With COVID-19 still affecting many parts of the world, we musn't forget the everyday needs of the poorest communities who rely on international support. Our maternal and infant health projects are an example of where shifting priorities, and funding challenges, in 2020 could have meant lives lost. We're thankful that through our donors' faithful support, we have maintained these core services throughout 2020. However, it must now be our focus this Christmas and in 2021 to ensure funding is secure and that these services can continue and thrive.

A recent story from Haiti is an example of the incredible impact of this work, but also the need to re-commit to supporting the development of this project.

On 9th November, two baby boys were born at the hospital at 30 weeks, and were immediately transferred to the NICU as they fought for their lives. Through your amazing support, we’ve continually invested in new equipment for the NICU, saving countless lives. However, the reality remains that, in a unit often operating well over capacity, there is still not enough equipment to go around.

When these two babies arrived, there was only 1 incubator and 1 CPAP machine available, with both babies needing this intensive treatment. Amazingly, the staff found a way to replicate some of the critical functions using other materials, including a sterilised water bottle acting as a filter. The babies were then rotated between the equipment - thankfully sufficient to see them both improve and stabilise.

Now at 34 weeks, both boys are still receiving treatment, such as phototherapy, but are doing well. While we praise the staff for their life-saving actions, they shouldn’t be in a position where lack of equipment is putting lives at risk.

Thank you for your continued support making these miracle stories possible. Please stay with us as we enter what could be one of the most challenging periods in our history trying to deliver life-saving projects in a world affected so much by COVID-19. 

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