Haiti: Increasing Maternal Care and Fighting Cholera

Doctors of the World (MdM) has been working with the Haitian people and national authorities to reconstruct health services since the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010.

Preliminary data on for the 5th Survey on Mortality, Morbidity and Usage of Services in Haiti showed improvements on basic sanitation indicators, however the progress is insufficient for meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

MdM is increasing reproductive healthcare services and continues to focus on primary healthcare. One of MdM’s main objectives in Haiti is to support the implementation of Emergency Obstetric and Family Planning services and free care for pregnant women and children under 5. Doctors of the World is prepared and remains mobilized in the event of another national emergency.

Cholera

The cholera epidemic began in October 2010 and has already claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people. According to the World Health Organization, cholera has affected 645,000 people, more than 6% of the population. MdM projects that there will be 120,000 cases in 2013, which is equivalent to the number of cases in 2012.

Doctors of the World fears that the medical teams working in health centers and hospitals are not prepared in the event of another cholera outbreak. The country risks reoccurring cholera outbreaks during the rainy season and the national authorities lack the necessary means to control them. The Ministry of Health is working to implement the MSPP national policy to prevent and eliminate cholera. The MdM international network in Haiti will remain active during all of 2013 to support the MSPP in caring for patients affected by the cholera, thanks to funding from ECHO, CERF, and ACDI.