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.