Thank you Canadian Medical Foundation – Women’s Health and Beyond

Thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Medical Foundation, we, at Haiti Village Health, have been able to continue and pursue our Women’s Health initiatives. HVH, our Santé Pou Yo personnel and the population they serve extend their thanks. Our maternal health services have taken full force as we enrich the prenatal and postpartum outreach programs targeting all pregnant women in the surrounding villages.

Thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Medical Foundation, we, at Haiti Village Health, have been able to continue and pursue our Women’s Health initiatives. HVH, our Santé Pou Yo personnel and the population they serve extend their thanks.


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Our maternal health services have taken full force as we enrich the prenatal and postpartum outreach programs targeting all pregnant women in the surrounding villages.

Santé Pou Yo Nurse Youselène has risen to the challenge, and hosts, with the help of our community health workers (Agents de Santé), weekly prenatal clinics in the surrounding Bas Limbe villages. She typically sees 15-20 women per clinic… no pregnant woman is left unseen.

All women initially participate in a group education session, receive a comprehensive exam as well as appropriate preventative and therapeutic treatments and follow-up appointments. Rapid hemoglobin screening for anemia and urine dipstick analysis are available on site. Each woman over 6 months gestational age is given a safe-birthing kit to be used during the delivery with the aim of reducing maternal and newborn complications and morbidity. Currently, all women are seen monthly.

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HVH provides ambulance services for emergency transfers, for example, if obstetrical emergencies should arise. We are the sole emergency transport for the entire Bas Limbe region of approximately 25,000 people.

As public transport is scarce, or unavailable during many times of the night, availability of this emergency transport remains critical.

In addition to supporting the aforementioned operations, CMF’s support is critical in the following. Prior to CMF’s support, women were asked to undertake tortuous and distant travels to have screening for HIV and Syphilis. Test completion rates were minimal, as the nearest laboratory is located more than one hour away and is not readily accessible due to the lengthy distances, tortuous travel conditions, and financial constraints. With CMF’s support, we have been able to include point of care HIV & Syphilis testing, thus nearing 100% uptake rate.

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Santé Pou Yo Medical Director Dr. Brinvert, Canadian nurse Alysha McFadden and Canadian physician Dr. Emmanuelle Britton have assured ongoing professional development of the Santé Pou Yo personnel, with clinical supervision and by hosting after-clinic education workshops.

Stay tuned for more updates… details of well-attended HVH-hosted community sexual health education session, the growth of our postpartum program and more.


Emmanuelle Britton MD CM, CCFP
Women’s Health Director
Haiti Village Health


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