For Immediate Release
Haiti: Women's Health Delegation Working to Provide Pregnant Women with Critical Support
WASHINGTON - Several teams of MADRE-supported health workers
are still on the ground in Haiti. Two new volunteers arrived yesterday.
The medical volunteers are working out of a local clinic and treating
350 patients each day. The women's health teams are seeing about 50
women every day, many of whom are pregnant and are complicated cases.
UNFPA estimates that around 15 percent of the 63,000 pregnant women in Haiti will have life-threatening complications. For the 7,000 women due to give birth this month, the risk is even higher.
order to meet the needs of the women coming to the clinic, the
volunteers are working to train the clinic staff on a variety of topics
related to women’s health. Midwives for Haiti has identified two
Haitian midwives who will be able to take over the responsibilities of
the women's health clinic for the longterm.
The volunteers (in
collaboration with UNFPA) have completed the Rapid Health Assessment to
identify the most pressing women's health needs. The assessment will
provide relief agencies with vital information about what women's
health needs that are still not being met.
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.