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Haiti’s maternal mortality ratio is the highest of any country in the Western hemisphere.
Our grants support mothers in hard-to-reach rural areas where they traditionally lack access to skilled maternity care.
Approximately 17% of the maternal healthcare workforce in Haiti has been trained through the work of our grantee partner, Midwives For Haiti.
Midwives for Haiti offers a rigorous 12-month training program for Haitian nurses to become skilled birth attendants. They provide emergency transport and maternity services at the hospital and birth center with additional outreach through their mobile clinic.
Partner Since 2012
TOTAL GRANT SUPPORT $749,402
The United Nations has classified Haiti as one of nine countries worldwide facing a severe midwifery workforce shortage
The Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives (FAHM) works to improve maternal health through a model that promotes leadership, networking, empowerment, and education for Haitian midwives.
Along with the professional association of Haitian Nurse Midwives (the Association Des Infirmières Sages-Femmes D’Haiti, or AISFH) and UNFPA Haiti, FAHM organizes conferences with continuing education, training, and networking opportunities for midwives throughout Haiti, with the aim of advancing awareness and regulation of the field, and to elevate their professional status.
Partner Since 2017
TOTAL GRANT SUPPORT $60,000
One Woman's Story
Skilled attendance at all births is considered to be the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe motherhood.
The Midwives for Haiti mobile clinic visits Roy Sec, a remote town outside of Belladere. The mobile clinic is led by Philomène Thelemaque (pictured left) and Midwives for Haiti students, Louis Gislaine and Estimene Lubin. The clinic visits rural villages four times a week and visits every town about once a month. They monitor expecting women as well as perform postnatal checkups.
By operating this mobile clinic, Midwives for Haiti is helping to ensure that all women — even in the most remote areas — have access to skilled care.