Maternity and Pediatric care remains one of the most critical health needs in Haiti. The country has the highest rate of infant and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere, with 75% of births taking place without any skilled medical staff.
THHT is now actively supporting the work of a new maternity and pediatric unit opened in partnership with a range of agencies in April, 2012 at Hopital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti (HCBH). The 44 bed facility is fully equipped with maternity wards, two delivery suites, an operating room and neo-natal intensive care unit. Recognized as one of the most critical needs in North Haiti, this unit is expected to provide services to over 1,200 births in its first year, and also offer an extensive outreach program through mobile health units.
Recently described by one US-based NGO as a potential ‘gem’ for North Haiti, THHT is committed to the long term development of this unit in the areas of skill-based training and support, international advocacy on maternal health care, and financial assistance.