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Helping Moms & Babies in Haiti

You are changing the lives of moms and babies. Here’s how.

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The Need

Of the 5.9 million children who die around the world each year, 75 per cent die in the first year of life. Babies are at risk of death due to premature birth complications, complications during childbirth, infections, pneumonia and diarrhea.

But this is preventable. With training and support, moms in poverty can be empowered to raise healthy and happy babies.

Our Response

Critical care
Your support helps secure access to pre- and postnatal care, skilled birth attendants and medical intervention when necessary.

Home-based care
Mothers are visited in their homes monthly by a Survival specialist, who offers education in prenatal care and early child-rearing as well as one-on-one biblical mentoring.

Group-based learning
At these church-based activities, moms learn skills to earn an income and gain vital knowledge including basic literacy, the importance of breastfeeding and how to prevent malnutrition and disease. These groups combat isolation through a supportive community of mothers who, together, learn about the God who loves them.

Haiti Stats

Average number of children in household 6
Average age of first-time mothers 15
Births attended by skilled health personnel 40
Stunted growth from malnutrition 22

Activities

Home visits: Staff visited moms at home following COVID-19 prevention protocols. Implementers had the chance to share the gospel and pray with moms, and they shared lessons from the Survival curriculum on topics like nutrition, hygiene and healthy child development.

Early stimulation: During group sessions, moms learned how to engage in simple activities with their children to support cognitive development and fine motor skills, such as drawing with a pencil or playing with toys. Babies were also gifted with their own toys to play with at home to help with physical and emotional development.

Christmas: Moms and babies were able to attend special Christmas celebrations, where they received gifts and enjoyed spending time together in small groups.

Vaccines: Babies received their routine vaccinations on schedule. Vaccines are very expensive in Haiti and the cost is not covered by the state, so this was a real blessing.

Nutrition: Survival families received monthly food kits with essential items to prevent malnutrition. Some babies were malnourished and received additional supplementation and treatment. Moms also learned about the importance of breastfeeding to support babies’ nutrition and development.

Health: Babies were weighed and measured every month to track their growth and development. Newborn babies were assessed by a pediatrician, and two follow-up appointments were provided after birth. Moms received prenatal and postnatal care. They also learned proper hand washing techniques to prevent common illnesses like scabies, as well as COVID-19. Moms received hygiene kits and were encouraged to wear masks and keep socially distanced to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Moms and babies were also able to access testing and treatment for sickle cell anemia.

Project Stats

This intervention addressed:

Illness: Respiratory-Related Illness 7
Illness subc: Parasites 1
Illness subc: Anemia 1
Illness subc: Skin 4
Illness: Infections 3
Illness subc: Respiratory Tract Infection 1
Malnourished Babies - Moderately Underweight 16