Haiti has the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere. This project is tackling the critical situation by supporting a leading 45 bed maternity and paediatric unit. The unit has 2 natural delivery suites, an operating theatre for emergencies, a neonatal intensive care unit and maternity and pediatric wards. Every year this facility provides care for thousands of women and children. Thanks to Konbit Sante, we can currently match fund every donation you make 100%.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Haiti has the highest rate of infant, under five and maternal mortality in the western hemisphere. Due to the extreme poverty, 63% of births take place at home without any medical support in Haiti. Most women would like to deliver in a hospital, but cost, education, accessibility and transport prohibit many from being able to do so. We've established a system which can help overcome all of these barriers, ensuring women and children have the access to health care they deserve.
How will this project solve this problem?
This facility identifies high risk women and children in the community through an extensive network of 80 Traditional Birth Attendants, 12 Community Health Agents, and monthly Mobile Health Units which travel to the most marginalised areas. We seek to ensure those who need referring can access the excellent care available at the hospital, which provides 24/7 inpatient and outpatient support. The facility is equipped to tackle some of the most critical issues in order to reduce mortality.
Potential Long Term Impact
Overcoming the key barriers to health care will ensure women and children can access the medical support they deserve. This can have a significant impact on reducing mortality rates, which in turn has a big impact on reducing poverty. When a mother dies unnecessarily in child birth, her other children's future is placed in significant risk, as women are the centre post of families and key to the education, health and general well being of all her family.
Total Funding Received to Date: £11,166
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £15,674
Total Funding Goal: £26,840