Over the past few weeks, you have been introduced to some of our staff, our students, and our midwives. You’ve seen how Midwives for Haiti addresses maternal and infant mortality, and how your support is vital to continue this work. And of course, you’ve met some beautiful babies, who have received the very best start in life through the midwifery model of care.
Now I’d love to take you through some numbers, straight from our 2019 Annual Report. But these aren’t boring statistics! These figures show a clear link between MFH’s programming and improved maternal health outcomes in our little corner of the world. They show what your money is doing, and how our programs are working!
One of our favorite outcomes is the number of students we have taught. Since 2006, MFH has graduated 184 midwifery students.
Over 30% of trained birth attendants working in Haiti today are our alumni. 84% of them are working in 54 health care clinics throughout Haiti, or have gone on to even higher educational opportunities. Additionally, over 75% of mothers in Haiti delivered their babies without a trained birth attendant in 2006.
As of 2019, that statistic has dropped to 58.8%, thanks in large part to the influx of midwives from the Nadene Brunk Eads School at MFH. Only 3% of our graduates have left Haiti; this is incredible when nationally 40% of health care professionals trained in Haiti eventually leave the country (haitianinternet.com, 2017). Our graduates are committed to helping rural and underserved populations in their own communities.
We also provide direct service delivery through our support of Ste Therese Hospital in Hinche, our 8 community clinics, and the Carrie Wortham Birth Center in Cabestor. Since 2006, our clinicians have served over 126,000 families!
And in extremely exciting news, since 2017, the maternal mortality rate at Ste Therese has been reduced from 6.18 deaths per 1,000 to 5 per 1,000! And, the neonatal mortality rate has also gone down from 64 per 1,000 births to 61 per 1,000 births!
Our volunteers are a huge part of the MFH family, and since 2006 we have hosted over 1300 volunteer visits. Most of our volunteers return year after year, and we have missed them immensely during Covid shutdowns.
These are just a few of the exciting outcomes we have seen and will continue to see with your support. Real women, real babies, real communities… This campaign has brought us $67,775 over 3/4 of the way to our goal of $85,000. Won’t you please consider a donation to bring us over the top?
Midwives for Haiti has stood up for positive change for 16 years, and we are so excited to see what the next year brings us. Thank you for joining our family, and for giving during this most compassionate of all seasons.
Midwives for Haiti