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Published on 04/02/2016

Improving maternal and child health in Haiti

Five years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010, the country’s socio-economic situation remains worrying. Haiti remains the poorest country on the American continent, with 58 % of the population living below the poverty line according to Pnud in 2013, and significant shortcomings in terms of access to essential services. The Haitian health system offers formal health care to just 60 % of the population. The obstacles to accessing health care are affordability, their scarcity in rural areas and limited knowledge of health and reproductive rights. Despite the progress recorded since 1990, the country’s health indicators remain especially worrying, particularly in terms of maternal mortality (157 deaths for 100,000 births) and infant mortality (88 deaths for 1,000 births) according to the Ministry of Health and the Population in 2013.

Via the “Improving maternal and child health in Haiti” project, GRET is continuing its commitment in the area of maternal and child health for vulnerable populations. This project is part of a programme to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity in the Grand Anse, South and North West departments in Haiti. Over a three-year period, maternal and child health services and reproductive services will be strengthened, in collaboration with the MSPP and the decentralised health agencies. The project is implemented by a consortium made up of international and national partners, led by Médecins du monde (MdM – France). GRET will be working in the South department to strengthen the community health network (referencing mechanisms, community health agents, civil society organisations) and financial access to health care (solidarity finance mechanisms at community level). It will also carry out a diagnosis in the three departments to ascertain the financial obstacles to health care and list existing initiatives.

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