Improving access to healthcare
» West Department, Port-au-Prince, Delmas and Carrefour communes
Six temporary MdM clinics and two health centres should be gradually handed over to the Haitian health system. The clinics guarantee free access to primary healthcare and reproductive healthcare. Psychosocial care is also provided there (discussion groups, personalised listening sessions and psychological counselling ), as well as screening and referral of victims of sexual violence.
81,057 free curative consultations completed.
The return, in 2012, of the two healthcare centres supported by MdM, into the hands of the health authorities, will allow the organisation to withdraw. Support for the personnel of the Ministry of Health will continue to enable the eventual transfer of activities.
Reducing mother and infant mortality
» Grand’Anse department
Haiti has the worst indicators for maternal and child health of the entire American continent. 80% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day and cannot access healthcare because of the cost. The consequences are dramatic, with one woman in 37 of childbearing age at risk of dying from complications linked to pregnancy. MdM has been in the mainly rural area of Grand’Anse since 1989 and continues its work to promote access to healthcare for pregnant women and children under five years old.
Six health centres and five maternity units are supplied and maintained in order to guarantee free healthcare for children under five years old and pregnant women.
One prong of the programme deals with tackling malnutrition. The most severe cases, identified by the communities and the institutions, are treated. Referrals of cases requiring hospitalisation takes place, in the nutrition stabilisation unit, which was opened in 2009 within the Jérémie regional hospital.
Finally MdM supports the Grand’Anse health authorities, helping them to improve emergency responses, especially in case of epidemics and natural disasters.
82,916 children screened for malnutrition.
As the only medical NGO working in Grand’Anse department, MdM is continuing its work in 2012. That is, promoting access to healthcare for pregnant women and children under five years old and improving relations between the people and health centres.