Haiti Village Health featured on womendeliver.org - improving maternal health

November 12th, 2012

womendeliver.org write about how Haitian maternal health initiatives, such as those offered at Haiti Village Health, are gradually improving health outcomes.

In Haiti, pregnancy and childbirth are often fatal; Haiti has the highest maternal, under-5 and infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. Many local civil society organizations have joined the efforts of international and government agencies to gradually improve health conditions, one healthy delivery at a time. One such organization is Haiti Village Health (HVH). In the past year, this organization has launched a pre- and postnatal program which has provided healthcare to over 100 women.

November 12th, 2012

womendeliver.org write about how Haitian maternal health initiatives, such as those offered at Haiti Village Health, are gradually improving health outcomes.

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

In Haiti, pregnancy and childbirth are often fatal; Haiti has the highest maternal, under-5 and infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. Many local civil society organizations have joined the efforts of international and government agencies to gradually improve health conditions, one healthy delivery at a time. One such organization is Haiti Village Health (HVH). In the past year, this organization has launched a pre- and postnatal program which has provided healthcare to over 100 women.

For the mothers of Haiti, these programs have proven to be life-saving. Currently, about one in 44 women in Haiti die during childbirth, as compared to one in 4300 women in developed countries. One significant barrier to accessing health care is a severe lack of health infrastructure. Many women are also forced to work physically stressful jobs, even while they are pregnant, to support their families.

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