This is how to end preventable maternal and infant deaths in rural Haiti.
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This is how to end preventable maternal and infant deaths in rural Haiti.

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Midwives for Haiti is fighting maternal and infant mortality by training Skilled Birth Attendants and increasing access to quality maternal care. The free maternal care their Mobile Prenatal Clinic ...

Midwives for Haiti is fighting maternal and infant mortality by training Skilled Birth Attendants and increasing access to quality maternal care. The free maternal care their Mobile Prenatal Clinic brings to twenty remote Haitian villages literally means the difference between life and death for so many mothers and babies.

Learn more at www.midwivesforhaiti.org.

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    This is how to end preventable maternal and infant deaths in rural Haiti. This is how to end preventable maternal and infant deaths in rural Haiti. Presentation Transcript

    • Midwives For Haiti www.midwivesforhaiti.org
    • The Issue: Maternal and Infant Mortality MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Part of the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is... • the poorest country • the most dangerous country to give birth • the most dangerous country to be an infant or child MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Most maternal deaths are caused by eclampsia, sepsis, and postpartum hemorrhage. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • In other words, most of these deaths are preventable. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • “It’s not biology that kills them so much as neglect.” -Nicholas D. Kristof MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Children who lose their mothers are 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not. -UNFPA MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • The single most critical intervention to ensure safe motherhood is skilled attendance at all births. -UNFPA MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • • Much of Haiti is rural and underdeveloped • Lack of infrastructure and access to medical facilities or emergency transportation. • Lack of resources and workforce attrition Only 25% of births are attended by a skilled provider because: MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • 2. Increase access to prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care. 1. Increase number of Skilled Birth Attendants. (We do both.) The Solution: MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • We deliver high impact health interventions to fight maternal and infant mortality in Haiti. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Our projects are working. We’ve trained 71 Skilled Birth Attendants. Or, 1/3 of the midwives working in Haiti. Last year, our graduates provided over 60,000 prenatal exams and attended over 12,000 births throughout the country. These numbers grow exponentially each year. But, we need your help. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Our Mobile Prenatal Clinic is at risk. We need investors. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Mobile Prenatal Clinic: 20 remote villages. Over 500 pregnant women monthly. More than 6,000 patient care visits a year. Over 40 emergency transports annually. (Without the Mobile Prenatal Clinic, most of these women won’t receive any maternal care.) MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Our midwives travel up to 2 1/2 hours to communities that have no medical facilities or trained healthcare providers. They set up in whatever building is available, or sometimes at the back of the Jeep. Then our midwives get to work. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • We employ six Mobile Clinic midwives, all graduates of our training program. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • •Provide education •Perform a prenatal or postpartum exam •Screen for HIV and syphilis •Test and treat for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and malaria •Provide vitamins and iron supplements •Test and treat for hypertension, vaginal infections, and intestinal worms Our Midwives Always: MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Many women walk up to two hours each way in high temperatures to receive care. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • MidwivesForHaiti©2014 The exam table is often the back of our Jeep.
    • Mothers are measured to determine gestational age. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • We collect blood samples and test on site. Data is collected at each clinic. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • We test and treat for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. If left untreated, these infections risk the lives of both mother and baby. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • We see up to 90 women at a single clinic. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • MidwivesForHaiti©2014 “Before Midwives for Haiti, no one cared about us.” -mother at Mobile Clinic
    • Meet Duvilia. This will be her first child. She walks 1 1/2 hours each way to receive prenatal care. She wants to know that she and her baby are healthy and safe. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Dorzelia received prenatal care for the first time at Mobile Clinic.This is her seventh child. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • This is Phitane. She received an emergency transport by our Mobile Clinic midwives to receive medication to prevent eclampsia (seizures). She then delivered a healthy daughter. MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • “If women don’t have access to Mobile Clinic, more women will die in childbirth.” -Philomène, Mobile Clinic Midwife MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Mobile Prenatal Clinic is our most expensive project. At $10 each, providing 6,000 prenatal and postpartum care visits annually in the remotest regions of Haiti costs $60,000. But, if we don’t do this who will? MidwivesForHaiti©2014
    • Help us give rural mothers and infants their best chance at life. Donate today. www.midwivesforhaiti.org/ mobile-clinic Midwives For Haiti is a 501(c)(3) charity. All donations are tax deductible. MidwivesForHaiti©2014