MADRE-Supported Midwife Volunteers Fill a Vital Need in Haiti
Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2010
MADRE is supporting a delegation of midwives and maternal health practitioners. Four members of the first team of midwives and maternal health providers have arrived in the border town of Jimani, and three more are scheduled to arrive this weekend.
We just got off the phone with Leilani Johnson of Circle of Health International (COHI), the organization MADRE is partnering with in this initiative. Leilani told us that the minute the team arrived, they began providing crucial medical services to people seriously injured and displaced from Port-au-Prince.
The need for medical services is immense, and the support provided by the team members has been invaluable to boost the capacity of the under-staffed and under-resourced temporary hospital they are currently assisting.
The UNFPA has estimated that there are 37,000 pregnant women among the survivors of the earthquake. The team will provide invaluable support for women, especially pregnant women and new mothers, made even more vulnerable by this terrible disaster. The team will also liaise with other relief agencies to ensure women’s health is being addressed in all relief efforts.