By Jennifer Browning
Where only a plot of land existed in January, the new maternal health center stands with walls and a roof.
In March, when Jonathan Katz reported that Haiti’s poor suffers the highest maternal mortality ratio in the Western Hemisphere, thanks to the The Greig Family, construction had already begun on the maternal health center in response to the maternal health situation in Haiti. As Project Medishare is focusing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) by 2015. The maternal health center in Marmont, places us right in line regarding improving maternal health (MDG 5) in Haiti.
Currently, the clinic in Marmont does not yet have the facility to perform deliveries so all high risk pregnancies are referred to the hospital in Hinche or Thomonde where there is a small delivery room with a trained nurse midwife. When the maternal health center becomes fully operational it will be open 24 hours a day/seven days a week and will have trained staff available and living in the connecting residence. The center will focus on providing the full package of women’s health services, including reproductive health education and services, family planning, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, and prevention of mother to child transmission (PTME).
The maternal health center and residence is scheduled for completion in August.