Dr. Adlin and the newly arrived ultrasound machine
Thank you for your continued support with our Infant and Maternity Project in North Haiti. This project will enable us to establish a new era of safer childbirth in a region of over a million people.
Happy New Year
2010 was without doubt the hardest year Haiti Hospital Appeal has ever faced. The tragic events of the earthquake in the first weeks of last year shook the world, and for a few short months Haiti rested upon the hearts of many nations. Yet for HHA, we have been blessed with a support network of people who have remained broken for this nation beyond the initial trauma, and helped achieve some incredible things. For this commitment and support we are deeply grateful, and can’t possibly thank you enough for your love throughout the last 12 months, or put into words the difference you’ve made.
In January 2011, we held a conference with the major parties involved in the maternity project and planned how the service will be introduced to achieve the quality and scope of the service. This includes planning for the construction of a second maternity ward, the training for midwives and doctors and the preparation of medical facilities required for the unit.
We have completed the construction of the pre and post natal wards and delivery rooms, a surgical department for C-sections and emergency surgical needs and a neo-natal unit. Clean, smooth and reliable electrical supply has arrived and been successfully installed. We can now provide constant electricity that is vital for maternity and neo-natal care. We have also installed the ultrasound machine and started providing ultra-sound screening for anti natal consultations. It was such a memorable moment when Dr Adlin, who HHA had been supporting in Paris for 6 months on an ultra sound course, switched on this new machine and declared ‘by next week we’ll be able to provide ultra sound.’
The next stage will be equipping these units with incubators, surgical equipment and a blood bank, as well as training the Hatian staff for the use of the equipment and new services we are providing.
Mobile Health Clinic
Reaching into the heart of the community will be a major priority for this project. We will provide support for community midwives, providing them with birth kits designed to reduce risk and save lives. Together with Konbit Sante we are also launching a mobile health clinic which will provide screening, inoculation services to the local communities. Unfortunately, the vehicle to provide the mobile clinic is still in the container port waiting custom clearance.
In partnership with our maternity program, we will be launching the Paediatric Program. This will include both on site support at our hospital through a fully equipped neo-natal and paediatric unit, as well as community based care within rural areas and some of the poorest slums across the North. The Program will be providing vaccination, monitoring child development, nutritional support, nourishment programs for malnourished children, health education for families, and an inpatient and outpatient service.
Thanks again for your contributions you have helped changed the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Haiti.
The Haiti Hospital Appeal Team
Electrical equipment in our Maternity Unit
Original wiring in our hospital