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Crochu Safe Motherhood Project


Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and ranks among the poorest in the world. For every 12,000 people in Haiti, there are only 5.5 nurses and 1 doctor.

Crochu is in a remote, rural area of Haiti area without primary healthcare or any nearby hospitals or clinics.

Safe Motherhood practices in Crochu are rare—when we arrived in 2013, only 7% of births are attended by skilled professionals.  A newborn baby is more likely to die here than any other place in the Western Hemisphere.  Mothers are likely to give birth on a dirt floor, without basic medical supplies. Cholera and diarrheal diseases are continuing, recurring threats for children under 5. In this community, rapid action can save lives.

Project Goals

  • Train community health workers in cholera treatment for children under 5.
  • Community education to help prevent sources of cholera.
  • Community health education to reduce pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition.
  • Improve sanitation.
  • Train community members in Safe Motherhood practices
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Watch now: Traditional Birth Attendant Training in Crochu

Infant Survival Kits

Each life-saving kit contains three simple-- but extremely important-- items: a new razor blade, string, and gauze. After kits are prepared, they are sent to a local hospital for sterilization. These kits can truly mean the difference between life and death for a mother and newborn baby. 

Program Offerings

  • Train and supervise birth attendants
  • Supply Infant Survival Kits to trained birth attendants
  • Provide Community Health Training in prevention of cholera, diarrheal disease, nutrition and safe motherhood to teachers, pastors, community leaders.
  • Support access to prenatal care visits, testing, and vitamins.
  • Improve access to water to families in Crochu.
  • Installation of Community Latrines.
  • Installation of Community Hand Washing Stations.

One year of funding provides:

  • Training and supervision of traditional birth attendants to ensure safe births.
  • Training of community health workers in the prevention of basic childhood illnesses for children under 5.
  • Improve hygiene and sanitation by building latrines and hand washing stations and by teaching hand washing.


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