Côtes-de-Fer is a remote, rural, and hilly area in southeastern Haiti with a population of approximately 50,000. Life is slow here, with livestock more common on the roads than cars. An overwhelming majority of working-age people are unemployed, with some small scale fishermen along the coast. Residents have little access to basic infrastructure and services, including quality healthcare and education, and opportunities are limited. The poverty here is pervasive. At CMMB, we know that healthy mothers and children can transform poor communities. So our Children and Mothers’ Partnerships program—CHAMPS—is working in this community to make the most vulnerable families healthy.
CHAMPS in Côtes-de-Fer: A Closer Look at 2016
Maternal and Child Health
PROBLEM: Remote locations create barriers to quality and emergency health services
SOLUTION: In Côtes-de-Fer, community health workers (CHWs) connect information and services with women and children who need them most. CHWs are trained to identify dangerous health conditions, promote facility deliveries, and encourage healthy habits. Through 6,136 home visits, 586 well-care and immunization clinics for children, and nutritional programs, they’re an integral part of the continuum of care.
Supporting Community Engagement
PROBLEM: Lack of education limits opportunities for women
SOLUTION: Mothers’ Clubs give the poorest women a chance to learn. Led by trained CHWs, mothers who complete a health education curriculum are honored at a public graduation ceremony. We’re proud of the 900 Mothers Club participants who graduated and their positive impact on the entire community.
Strengthening Local Healthcare
PROBLEM: Lack of resources to support healthcare infrastructure and staff capacity
SOLUTION: In partnership with Mercy Health, CMMB built the new Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health in Côtes-de-Fer, introducing quality care to nearly 50,000 people. The new hospital officially opened in March 2017, and offers emergency and general medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. It is also a training hospital with graduate and student Haitian doctors and nurses on site, serving, learning, and gaining experience.
Supporting a holistic, sustainable approach to healthcare for women and children
The new, state-of-the art Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health, opened in March 2017, is supporting more than 50,000 residents who previously didn't have access to quality care.
Before the opening of the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health in March 2017, patients has little access to quality healthcare. Now, the health center is is providing safe deliveries and surgeries, antenatal and postnatal care, pharmacy services and more.
In addition to the new health center, CMMB is working in the Côtes-de-Fer region to strengthen existing clinics and health facilities by: renovating clinics, strengthening supply chains to ensure a consistent flow of medications and medical equipment for every health facility, building the capacity of local community health workers, and providing emergency transport vehicles.
Nurse Angela, right, has been seeing patients in the remote hills of Côtes-de-Fer for 20 years. With the new Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health, which opened in March, 2017, Nurse Angela can refer patients to the hospital for those in need or more urgent or critical care.Learn more about our work in health systems strengthening
Over the last two years, 26,000 people have benefited from our water programs in Côtes-de-Fer.
Accessing clean water in Côtes-de-Fer is a daily challenge. The journey into the mountains, where clean water can be found in springs, is often long and difficult. Most families also lack toilets and other infrastructure for hygiene and sanitation. Girls like Rosemonde Faveur (pictured), spend time collecting water several days a week.
That's why CMMB has been working to improve water and sanitation in Côtes-de-Fer, including: distributing water treatment products, including purifying tablets and water filters for families, training community members on the importance of clean water and how to purify water for drinking, and building infrastructure to meet the community’s sanitation needs.
Rosemonde Faveur, right, with her mother, Faricia Faveur, on the way to collect water near her home. A lack of access to clean water can keep girls out of school since they need to spend many hours collecting.Learn more about our work in water and sanitation
In 2016, 3,876 pregnant women and children were supported with critical health services.
CMMB is working hard to reduce risks for pregnant women and educating mothers on Unicef’s 16 Key Family Practices to raise healthy children. CMMBs "Mothers’ Clubs" support vulnerable families by teaching mothers about health, hygiene, and nutrition. The 16-week course increases self-esteem and promotes healthy habits and behaviors that positively impact families and communities, as mothers share their new knowledge and healthy behaviors.
Claircine, right, a mother of three living in Côtes-de-Fer, is pregnant with her fourth child. She delivered all of her babies at home because the journey to the nearest clinic was more than three hours away.Learn More about our work in Maternal Health
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