New Maternity building under construction
A huge thanks again on behalf of everyone at the appeal for your continued support of our work. The Maternity service in Haiti is developing really well, and we're continuously grateful for this being made possible by individuals like you. For those of you who don't often visit our web-site, we thought we'd share an extract from a recent blog entry by our CEO when he returned to Haiti recently.
'Our Medical Director, Dr Toussaint, who works tirelessly at this hospital showed us around. As he finished up his ward round we waited amidst the heart of the pediatric unit. Besides us sat a thin, frail teenage girl holding an equally delicate baby, clearly malnourished. The eyes of this teenager seemed so lost and hopeless, as if she’d accepted her fate and was just letting time pass by. Dr Toussaint explained that she had AIDs, confirmation of what was tragically all too clear to see. My heart sank for this desperate young mother and child, with a future in store more painful than I could imagine.'
The situation across Haiti for mothers and babies is as this blog highlights 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. Here are some of the practical ways you've helped move things forward...
Since our last report, the construction of the final piece of our Maternity Unit has begun and we are almost about to start the roof. This is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle and will provide two birthing rooms, five individual patient rooms, and one double ward room.
In addition to this we have placed an order for all the specialist equipment needed for our maternity service, including beds, surgical instruments, monitoring and ultrasound machines, incubators and much more for the hospital. This consignment will be shipped from the USA in two containers and we hope that this will arrive in mid summer to coincide with the completion of the new building.
During this period we have also started our outreach anti-natal clinic to bring advice, screening and support to mothers in the outlying communities who have very little chance for access to primary health care. Our first outreach clinic served 73 women and over 100 children. We'll update you more on that next time!
This tremendous progress with the project has been made possible with support from grants and the funds raised by online giving, schools, churches, sports clubs and the like...and of course individuals like you!
We're desperate to see justice brought to the lives of the women and children in our area, those as described in the brief blog extract. Whilst the task can often seem too hard to face, you are making a huge difference. We'd love you to take two minutes to watch our latest film which will show you just how much hope is being generated in Haiti through your support! http://haitihospitalappeal.org/news/2011/06/change/
Thanks again for all your help and please keep up the great work.
New building under way