CMMB founder Dr. Paluel Flagg first began working in Haiti in 1912. Today, Haiti is CMMB’s largest country office. 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, and hygiene education, as well as training and retention of community health workers.
Although a modest clinic serves Côtes-de-Fer now, the closest hospital is more than two hours away. The distance, and price of transport makes critical treatment inaccessible to many. To intensify the impact of our work on the health of the local community, a hospital is under construction in consultation with the community and with the community’s participation.
To make the new hospital a reality, CMMB partnered with Mercy Health and construction began in February 2015. Upon completion in 2016, the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan hospital will provide quality healthcare for nearly 50,000 people in Côtes-de-Fer. Specialty services will include eye care, rehabilitation and prosthetics for amputees, general surgery, OB/GYN and dental services, among others. Our volunteer program will be fully integrated to 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 & Improving Human Dignity for Women & Children
In 2015, 108,676 patients were tested for HIV.
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 is one of 1,600 patients who receive 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.Learn more
In 2015, 30% of Mothers' Clubs graduates became entrepreneurs.
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 $35 UDS) and opened a small bakery. Her bread and rolls sell out every day. Ketia is a successful entrepreneur. Her 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
Upon completion in 2016, a new hospital will provide quality healthcare for nearly 50,000 people in Côtes-de-Fer.
Côtes-de-Fer is an area of debilitating poverty and intense need. Although a modest clinic serves the area now, the closest hospital is more than two hours away. The distance, and price of transport makes critical treatment inaccessible to many.
In partnership with Mercy Health, CMMB began construction of the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health in 2013. Specialty services will include eye care, rehabilitation and prosthetics for amputees, general surgery, OB/GYN and dental services, among others.Read more
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