Better Health for New Mothers and Babies in Haiti’s Cité Soleil
Build staff capacity on monitoring and evaluation and health management at the Centre de Santé et Nutrition Rosalie Rendue and strengthen the referral system to ensure that moms and newborns get life-saving care when they need it.
Johnson & Johnson
Cité Soleil, in Port-au-Prince, is one of the largest slums in the Northern Hemisphere, with a population of 200,000, including 7,000 children under a year of age—children who are vulnerable to diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and other preventable childhood killers. This project has worked to increase access for the area’s desperately poor families to much-needed primary healthcare services for newborns via two prongs. First, we partnered with CMMB’s longtime in-country collaborator, the Daughters of Charity, to strengthen staff monitoring and evaluation and health management skills at the order’s health center, the Centre de Santé et Nutrition Rosalie Rendue. Second, we implemented a plan to strengthen the referral system at the Hôpital Sainte-Camille, another longtime CMMB partner, to ensure that sick children received appropriate care. These interventions complemented others we undertook in this impoverished community in our drive to reduce both infant and maternal mortality in the catchment area.