Much of Haiti is rural and underdeveloped with poor infrastructure and a lack of access to medical facilities. In this setting, it is very difficult and often impossible for mothers to receive prenatal or postpartum care, or transportation to hospitals for life-saving assistance.
Our Mobile Prenatal Clinic employs four full-time and two part-time Haitian Skilled Birth Attendants to work in 22 rural villages throughout the Central Plateau. Our midwives typically see between 500-800 mothers each month, providing prenatal or postpartum care, education, vitamins and iron supplements, and treatment for intestinal worms. Women with gestational or chronic hypertension, a common problem in Haiti, receive anti-hypertensive medication. Each patient is tested for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and malaria (when symptomatic). Patients with HIV or syphilis are referred to the hospital for further testing and treatment. Patients with gonorrhea, chlamydia or malaria are treated by our SBAs. Without the Mobile Prenatal Clinic, these infections would go untreated and risk the health and lives of mothers and babies.
Each year, the Mobile Prenatal Clinic provides over 6,000 patient care visits to rural women, hundreds of referrals, and dozens of emergency transports.