For Immediate Release
Six-Month Progress Report on MADRE's Response to the Haiti Earthquake
WASHINGTON - MADRE has worked in Haiti since the early 1990s. When the earthquake
struck, we immediately reached out to our sister organizations. Thanks
to your generosity, we were able to provide them with life-saving
supported the formation of, the International Feminist Solidarity Camp,
a network of women's rights activists and organizations in Haiti, the
Dominican Republic and the broader Latin American and Caribbean region
that came together in response to the earthquake.
with the International Feminist Solidarity Camp to provide crucial
health services and supplies such as medicine, clothing and hygiene
products, and to respond to the need for shelter through the
distribution of 20 large tents. This support enabled the creation of a
maternal/infant health clinic and shelters for elderly people displaced
from a nursing home and children displaced from an orphanage.
Reproductive Health Care
the earthquake struck, there were an estimated 63,000 pregnant women in
Haiti. With extremely limited access to emergency obstetric care,
including a severe shortage of skilled midwives and maternity clinics,
many pregnant women were forced to deliver their babies in the street.
partnered with Circle of Health International (COHI), an organization
that addresses maternal health in disaster settings, to support
multiple delegations of Kreyòl-speaking midwives who provided critical
reproductive health care to more than 350 women a day and trained
Haitian midwives to deliver on-going care.
One such delegation
included an epidemiologist, a family health care practitioner and a
certified nurse-midwife. The team trained 15 earthquake survivors to
perform a women's health needs assessment and to provide evidence-based
recommendations for women's health services in Haiti. MADRE
incorporated the results into our advocacy work at the United Nations
to ensure that the health needs of women and infants are met in
governments' responses to the earthquake.
MADRE also continued
to work with SOFA, a national Haitian women's organization, to rebuild
the capacity of Klinik Famn, a clinic that MADRE and SOFA co-founded in
1996, after the clinic was damaged by the earthquake. The clinic was
one of the few places equipped to treat injuries and illnesses after
Ensuring that Haitian Women Have a Voice in Rebuilding Haiti
helped launch an international initiative to ensure that Haitian
women's voices are heard in all phases of reconstruction in Haiti.
advance of the March 31 Haiti Donors' Conference at United Nations
headquarters, MADRE issued an open letter calling on governments to
enact a human rights-based response to the earthquake.
contributed to a Gender Shadow Report released in conjunction with the
Haiti Donors' Conference. The report offers donors, international
agencies and other stakeholders policy guidelines to promote the rights
of Haitian women
- On March 31, MADRE organized a press
conference to call for the effective participation of Haitian women in
the rebuilding process. The press conference featured Edwidge Danticat,
a Haitian writer and long-time friend of MADRE; Marie St. Cyr, a
Haitian human rights advocate and MADRE Board Member; and
representatives of UN agencies working in Haiti.
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at www.madre.org.