Where It All Began and Continues to Grow
CMMB founder Dr. Paluel Flagg first began working in Haiti in 1912. Today, the Haiti country office is CMMB’s largest. Health services programs and initiatives for women and children include:
- Disability rehabilitation
- Domestic and international volunteers
- HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission
- Maternal, neonatal, and child health
- Medical supply chain system strengthening
- Prevention and control of malaria
- Support for orphans and vulnerable children
CMMB has built solid partnerships with the Directions Départmentales de Santé (Departmental Health Offices) and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP, the National Ministry of Public Health and Population) as well as with local medical and nursing schools. Our faith-based approach resonates with health professionals in Haiti, where nearly 48% of health facilities are operated by faith-based organizations.
CMMB’s Children’s and Mothers Partnerships (CHAMPS) initiative works to improve the health of women, children, and their communities. CMMB identified the Côtes-de-Fer region as an area of debilitating poverty and intense need. Our CHAMPS site in Côtes-de-Fer focuses on community gardens, livestock breeding, water and sanitation, livelihood, hygiene education, and training and retention of community health workers.
Côtes-de-Fer had a modest clinic serving the community, with the closest hospital more than two hours away. The distance and the price of transport was making critical treatment inaccessible to many. To intensify the impact of our work on the health of the local community, a hospital was constructed in consultation with the community and with the community’s participation.
To make the new hospital a reality, CMMB partnered with Mercy Health and began construction in February 2015. Opened in 2017, the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan hospital provides quality healthcare for nearly 50,000 people in Côtes-de-Fer. Specialty services include general surgery, OB/GYN and dental services, and more. Our volunteer program will provide additional specialty services and increase the hospital’s overall capacity.
Delivering in a health facility is critical to the health of both mother and baby. Facility deliveries have risen dramatically with referrals and support from CMMB-trained community health workers. At meetings of Mothers’ Clubs, community health workers educate members on UNICEF’s 16 Key Family Practices for maternal and child health. Most Mothers’ Club participants go on to join a microfinance group, receiving a loan and line of credit after agreeing to save for a future in-facility delivery.
The dynamic Haitian Amputee Coalition, with CMMB as a founding member, met the overwhelming post-earthquake need for rehabilitation and prosthetics and orthotics, providing more than 1,000 amputees with high-quality follow-up care and physical therapy. Today, CMMB continues to serve Haitian amputees by providing on-the-job training in this complex field to a talented group of young Haitian apprentices.
Snapshots from Haiti
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Restoring Health and Improving Human Dignity for Women and Children
CMMB believes in a world that is free of HIV and AIDS.
HIV prevalence in Haiti remains one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Women continue to be at greater risk, with HIV prevalence nearly double that of men. When Jeanne was diagnosed with HIV, she thought her life was over. She receives care and treatment as part of the SIDALE (“AIDS Go Away”) program at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot.
Treated with quality care, love and respect, Jeanne has realized that life goes on. She is an artisan with a joyful spirit, making jewelry and handbags. The SIDALE program is a vital part of the HIV/AIDS care patients like Jeanne need to live healthier lives. In addition to healthcare and medicine, the program provides emotional, psychological, educational, vocational, and housing support.
In 2019, 193,762 people received HIV services under CMMB Haiti projects.Learn more
CMMB believes that creating opportunities for women benefits whole families and communities.
CMMB Mothers' Clubs were founded on the following wisdom: educate a woman and you educate a nation. Mothers receive education on maternal and child health, including the importance of hygiene and sanitation. Upon successful graduation, participants have the opportunity to receive basic math training and become part of a microloan program.
After graduating from a Mothers' Club in Côtes-de-Fer, Ketia received a microloan from the local savings group (less than US$35) and opened a small bakery. Her bread and rolls sell out every day. Ketia is now a successful entrepreneur whose small business has changed the life of her family. The additional income helps pay for nutritious food and means savings for the future. Ketia is proud of her bakery and the ability to show other women in her community what is possible.Read more
CMMB believes in bringing high-quality healthcare to the most vulnerable communities.
Côtes-de-Fer is an area of debilitating poverty and intense need. For many years the area’s 50,000 residents could seek care from a rudimentary clinic nearby—or travel two to three hours to reach a hospital. The distance and price of transport make critical treatment inaccessible to many.
In partnership with Mercy Health, CMMB began planning the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health in 2013 and broke ground in 2015. Specialty services include general surgery, OB/GYN and dental services.Read more
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