end-of-year-appeal - Midwives For Haiti

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Holiday Giving Catalog

Haiti has seen widespread political unrest over the course of 2019. The value of local currency has fallen at the same time as resources have become more limited due to restricted movements within the country. Many NGOs have pulled out or reduced their programming, and several humanitarian relief efforts have not been allowed into the country. This has only increased the need for our programs more than ever. Though our costs also continue to rise we remain committed to providing education and services that decrease the number of preventable maternal and infant deaths in Haiti.

 

For the next 4 weeks we’ll be sharing the stories of lives you’ve saved and the need for your ongoing partnership. Without your help, MFH programs could not exist. We invite you to take a closer at the impact your gift will make.

 

Will you partner with us at Midwives for Haiti this Holiday Season and give a gift that delivers life?

WE MAKE CHILDBIRTH SAFER IN HAITI.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, IN THE PAST 13 YEARS, WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED:

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Skilled Birth Attendants Trained
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Safe Pregnancies + Births
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Volunteer Visits

$17 Gift - Clean Birthing Kits

MFH supplies clean birthing kits to the matwons, who otherwise would have to make do with non-sterile knives and string.LEARN MORE »

$45 Gift – Ambu Bag

The difference between an infant taking their first breath or its mother waiting in silence for the cry of life that never comes can be as simple as access to an Ambu bag.LEARN MORE »

$62 Gift – Emergency Transport

Most travel happens on foot, via donkey, or by motorcycle taxi, all of which are slow and extremely dangerous for pregnant women in distress.LEARN MORE »

$95 Gift – Matwon Training

Matwons are Haiti’s traditional birth attendants. These wise men and women attend an estimated 75% of deliveries in Haiti, most of which are outside of medical facilities.LEARN MORE »

$110 Gift – Birth at the Carrie Wortham Birth Center

In rural Haiti, only 25% of mothers have access to a skilled birth attendant during childbirth. For the poorest women, this number falls to 9.6%.LEARN MORE »

$17 Gift - Clean Birthing Kits

$45 Gift – Ambu Bag

$62 Gift – Emergency Transport

$95 Gift – Matwon Training

$110 Gift – Birth at the Carrie Wortham Birth Center

$250 Gift – Instructor and Midwife Salaries

At the core of MFH is the Nadene Brunk Eads School which offers a rigorous 18-month training program lead by six Haitian midwife teachers.LEARN MORE »

$500 – Midwife Student Textbooks

It is estimated that Haiti needs close to 600 more Skilled Birth Attendants to reduce the maternal mortality in Haiti by 75%. As most former college students know textbooks are an essential part of education but are also incredibly expensive.LEARN MORE »

$1000 – C-Section

Many women around the world know all too well from personal experience that a preplanned or emergency C-section can mean the difference between life and death for them and their baby.LEARN MORE »

$2500 Gift – Midwife Student Training

At the MFH Nadege Brunk Eads School students complete an intense 18-month program that includes both classroom and clinical hours. MFH graduates make up about 30% of those skilled providers and are currently working in 53 health facilities around the country.LEARN MORE »

$5000 – 2 Weeks running cost of the Maternity Ward

We pay the salaries of 18 Skilled Birth Attendants working at the Ste Therese Hospital. We also utilize the hospital as the site of our clinical training and support the maternity center with running costs, resources, and supplies.LEARN MORE »

$250 Gift – Instructor and Midwife Salaries

$500 – Midwife Student Textbooks

$1000 – C-Section

$2500 Gift – Midwife Student Training

$5000 – 2 Weeks running cost of the Maternity Ward

“1 in 80 mothers die during pregnancy or delivery in Haiti.”

$17 Gift - Clean Birthing Kits

Midwives for Haiti serves many areas of Haiti but our work is most concentrated in the Central Plateau region. This is a rural agricultural region that is not widely developed. Most women live in small one room structures with up to 6 other people, and only the wealthiest have a tin roof or cement floor. Most homes have dirt floors and the roofs let in both light and rain. If these women are attended by anyone during delivery it would most likely be a traditional community birth attendant, known in Creole as a “matwon”.

 

MFH supplies clean birthing kits to the matwons, who otherwise would have to make do with non-sterile knives and string. So far in 2019 more than 600 clean birthing kits have been distributed to matwons and used in the delivery of 539 babies.

 

This Holiday Season we are looking for 300 gifts at the $17 level to help provide women in remote areas of Haiti deliver their babies safely.

“Children who have lost their mother are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.”

$30 gift - twin sheet set b

$30 Gift - Twin Sheet Set (and other patient expenses)

Healthcare is a primarily private industry in Haiti. Each service of care is paid for in cash, and each item needed for a patient must be bought personally by a relative or friend. Sometimes the item can be purchased from the hospital, but at other times the relative must travel to another location to try and find whatever has been requested by the doctor. This includes medications, oxygen, tubing, syringes, saline solution, bed sheets, wound dressings, food, drinking water, etc.

 

MFH helps provide for some of these expenses for our mothers and babies that would otherwise have to go without.

 

As we go into the year 2020 we are looking for 250 of gifts at the $30 level that could help provide a clean set of sheets, lifesaving medication, or other inpatient expenses that our mothers do not have the means to afford.

“In Haiti there is one midwife for every 50,000 inhabitants.”

$45 Gift – Ambu Bag

The difference between an infant taking their first breath or its mother waiting in silence for the cry of life that never comes can be as simple as access to an Ambu bag.

 

An Ambu bag is an artificial manual breathing unit, or a handheld bag valve mask, that is commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing or not breathing adequately.

 

As with other regions of the world, our standard practice at MFH is to have an Ambu bag on hand wherever and whenever a birth takes place.

 

We are looking for 100 gifts at the $45 level that could save the life of an infant through an Ambu bag or other essential equipment.

“Most travel happens on foot, via donkey, or by motorcycle taxi.”

$62 Gift – Emergency Transport

There are no public ambulances available to the population that MFH serves. There are also very few private vehicles in the region. Most travel happens on foot, via donkey, or by motorcycle taxi, all of which are slow and extremely dangerous for pregnant women in distress.

 

MFH has two Land Cruisers that are designated emergency transport vehicles. These vehicles are equipped as makeshift ambulances, at times stabilizing and transporting mothers in crisis over an hour away over bumpy rutted roads to reach the hospital or birthing center.

 

In addition to political tensions, Haiti has been experiencing a fuel shortage for the last year limiting fuel availability and increasing the price dramatically. We estimate that an average emergency transport trip to a rural home for pick up and back to the hospital costs approximate $62. This resource has been the difference between life and death for countless MFH mothers over the years.

 

This Holiday Season are looking for 100 gifts at the $62 level to help to continue to provide this and other MFH lifesaving services.

70% of mothers in Haiti give birth at home without access to a skilled birth attendant or emergency obstetric care.”

$95 Gift – Matwon Training

Matwons are Haiti’s traditional birth attendants. These wise men and women attend an estimated 75% of deliveries in Haiti, most of which are outside of medical facilities. For mothers living in rural areas, like the Central Plateau, matwons are especially crucial.

 

Matwons learn valuable skills from family members and friends, but many have not been formally trained to recognize danger signs during pregnancy or to utilize lifesaving maneuvers for labor and delivery.

 

Our Matwon Outreach Program offers a 5-month formal training program in achieving clean, safe deliveries by utilizing strategies that have been statistically proven to reduce rates of maternal and neonatal death. Along with providing matwons with clean delivery kits, we are working to better integrate them into the medical system. Many matwons who have graduated from our program now accompany high risk mothers to prenatal care clinics or to medical facilities for delivery.

 

We are looking for 150 gifts at the $95 level to continue to provide training to traditional matwons and reduce the number of preventable maternal deaths in Haiti.

“So far this year our midwives have welcomed over 200 babies and conducted over

2600 perinatal visits at the Carrie Wortham Birth Center.”

$110 Gift – Birth at the Carrie Wortham Birth Center

In rural Haiti, only 25% of mothers have access to a skilled birth attendant during childbirth. For the poorest women, this number falls to 9.6%. (UNICEF 2013)

 

Our Carrie Wortham Birth Center (CWBC) is strategically located in a remote region of the Central Plateau (three hours from our headquarters in Hinche), where the maternal mortality ratio is roughly three times the country’s average and about 18% of children here don’t live past the age of five.

 

The CWBC closes a critical gap in care for the mothers and families of Cabestor by providing 24/7 access to skilled attendants and a safe, clean space for prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care. In addition, other health and wellness services are offered, including breastfeeding support, health education, immunizations, and matwon training.

 

So far in 2019 the MFH staff at the CWBC have conducted over 2600 perinatal visits and delivered more than 200 infants at the center. It costs MFH approximately $110 to provide delivery care at the center.

 

This Holiday Season we are looking for 100 gifts at the $110 level to help provide critical 24/7 care to women who are at the highest risk of maternal mortality.

Haiti has a severe shortage of skilled health providers and only enough to provide

10% of Haiti’s population with full reproductive health care.”

$250 gift - 2 wks Midwife Instructor Salary

$250 Gift – Instructor and Midwife Salaries

At the core of MFH is the Nadene Brunk Eads School which offers a rigorous 18-month training program lead by six Haitian midwife teachers. Along with the seven instructors MFH employs approximately 59 other MFH graduates who provide accessible healthcare to women who are at high risk through the Carrie Wortham Birth Center, various MFH community clinics, and the maternity ward at the Ste Therese Hospital.

 

Midwives employed by MFH provided assistance and care to over 6,000 women and their infants in 2019 alone.

 

To help pay these dedicated women’s salaries, so they can continue to provide lifesaving care to thousands of women in the Central Plateau, we are looking for 50 gifts at the $250 level.

“It is estimated that Haiti needs close to 600 more Skilled Birth Attendants to reduce the maternal mortality in Haiti by 75%.”

$500 Gift - Textbooks Story

$500 – Midwife Student Textbooks

Due to a lack of resources, infrastructure, and workforce attrition, Haiti has a severe shortage of skilled care providers. According to UNFPA (2014), there is one doctor for 8,000 inhabitants, one nurse for 6,000 inhabitants, and one midwife for 50,000 inhabitants. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, the government midwifery school closed and an already dire shortage of healthcare providers became worse.

 

MFH is dedicated to training Haitian nurses to become Skilled Birth Attendants which is critical in reducing maternal and infant mortality. It is estimated that Haiti needs close to 600 more Skilled Birth Attendants to reduce the maternal mortality in Haiti by 75%. As most past college students know textbooks are an essential part of education but are also incredibly expensive. It costs MFH about $500 to provide our students with the necessary textbooks during their training.

 

This holiday season we are looking for 24 gifts at the $500 level to help continue to train more skilled birth attendants and decrease the long-time shortage.

The majority of maternal deaths in Haiti are caused by eclampsia, sepsis, and postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding). In other words, most of these deaths are preventable.”

$100 gift - c section

$1000 – C-Section

Many women around the world know all too well from personal experience that a preplanned or emergency C-section can mean the difference between life and death for them and their baby.

 

When necessary MFH helps provide the cost of this procedure for mothers and their infants at the Ste Therese Hospital maternity ward, operated by MFH funding and midwife staff. The total cost for the procedure usually comes to around $1000 and MFH is currently providing approximately 79 C-sections a month.

 

This Holiday Season we are looking for 50 gifts at the $1000 level to continue to help provide women with C-sections and other critical lifesaving care.

“Skilled attendance at all births is consider to be the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe motherhood.” – UNFPA

$2500 Gift – Midwife Student Training

At the MFH Nadege Brunk Eads School students complete an intense 18-month program that includes both classroom and clinical hours. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a Certificate in Essential Obstetrics from the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population and go on to work in hospitals, birth centers, and community projects throughout Haiti.

 

There are currently 400 obstetricians and 201 nurse-midwives in Haiti. MFH graduates make up about 30% of those skilled providers and are currently working in 53 health facilities around the country.

 

The cost to MFH of training a student from beginning to completion is approximately $5000.

 

This Holiday Season we are looking for 24 gifts at the $2500 level to continue to train nurses to become midwives and reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate in Haiti.

There are currently 400 obstetricians and 201 nurse-midwives in Haiti. MFH graduates make up 30% of the total skilled providers working in Haiti.”

$5000 – 2 Weeks running cost of the Maternity Ward at the Ste Therese Hospital

When MFH began work in Hinche in 2006, only one obstetrician and one nurse staffed the local St. Therese Hospital. And, they only worked day shifts. If you were a laboring mother when the hospital was closed, care was not available until 8am the following day and not at all on the weekends. The cleaning lady often caught babies during the night. Since many of the women coming to the hospital at this time were only doing so because they required emergency care, many mothers died.

 

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, who runs the hospital, we began employing several of our graduates to staff the maternity ward 24/7. We now pay the salaries of 18 Skilled Birth Attendants working there, utilize the hospital as the site of our clinical training, and support the maternity center with resources and supplies.

 

Mothers no longer have to worry that they will be turned away, that there will be no one to care for them, or that they won’t have access to life-saving medication. Each year, over 2,500 births are attended by our students and Skilled Birth Attendants at St. Therese Hospital.

 

MFH spends roughly $10,000 a month to keep the maternity ward at St. Therese Hospital running and ensure that no one is turned away.

 

We are looking for 12 gifts at the $5000 level to help MFH continue to keep this critical health facility open and functioning at the highest level possible.

Every woman and baby deserves to survive pregnancy and birth. Your support saves lives.

Thank you.

Midwives For Haiti is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are 100% tax-deductible in the U.S. You will receive a receipt and we don’t share your information with anyone. Our EIN is 27-2368581.

Mail a check to: Midwives For Haiti, 7130 Glen Forest Ave. Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23226.

Questions about donating to Midwives For Haiti? Email info@midwivesforhaiti.org or call 804.545.6882.

Disclaimer: These stories are representative of actual events that have taken place. Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Financial gifts given through the Holiday Giving Campaign will be designated General Use – to be used where it is needed most.

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