Many vulnerable mothers in Haiti and East Africa face greater challenges than ever before to care for their babies. This Christmas, you can help us to support them now and in the future.
This appeal will help HHA to maintain the maternal and infant health services at our partner hospital in Haiti and bring us closer to establishing a health clinic to replicate this life-saving work in South Sudan.
Hope Health Action has been supporting safe births and life-saving infant care at our partner hospital in Haiti, Hospital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti (HCBH) for over 10 years. Last year, over 1,500 babies were born at the maternity unit at HCBH and over 600 received life-saving care in the neonatal care unit. Alongside our work in Haiti, it has been a longstanding goal of HHA's to replicate this living saving work in South Sudan.
This Christmas, many of our team around the world will be reflecting on the birth of Jesus, a baby born to a young mother, in turbulent times, with little support. Sadly, thousands of mothers will face similar challenges this festive season, putting them and their babies at grave risk. On-going instability in Haiti continues to cause a national shortage of fuel, leaving many health facilities across the country having to reduce services or closed. This could mean that 28,000 newborns in the coming months do not receive essential healthcare services.
Haiti is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.
For many of us, Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a baby born to bring hope and light in the darkness. This Christmas we need your help to bring hope to Haiti. On average, it costs £4,000 every month for HHA to maintain the life-saving maternal and infant care provided at HCBH. At a time when accessing these services is more difficult than ever for Haitians, we remain passionate about supporting mothers and babies, but we need your support to do so.
You can choose to make a personal donation but we would also love to hear from you if you are able to hold a special collection at your church's carol concert or school celebrations. Every penny will make a difference.
We have launched this appeal to raise £20,000 towards supporting mothers and babies at our partner hospital in Haiti and to bring us a step closer to opening our new clinic in South Sudan.
On average, 120 babies are born every month at HCBH, many by emergency caesarean section, supporting some of the most high risk births in the region. Your donation can help ensure mothers and their babies receive the best possible care at this critical moment.
Alongside our work in Haiti, it has been a long-standing goal of HHA’s to replicate this life-saving work in South Sudan, a country ravaged by civil war, that suffers some of the worst health indicators in the world.
Existing health facilities cannot meet the needs of mothers and babies. Before the conflict, an area called Kajo Keji had 49 health facilities. Now, there are only 14, providing basic services. Over 80% of mothers give birth without a skilled health professional present and infants are often left with no childhood vaccinations and nutritional support.
This Christmas, we’re excited to announce that, in 2023, we hope to improve these health outcomes by establishing a new health clinic in Kajo Keji to support mums and babies.
With your help, this clinic will have the capability to support over 3,500 women and children a year.
You can watch our 2022 Christmas appeal film below and hear from our team in Haiti about why this appeal is so critical, right now.
Baby Sallia was born at HCBH in the summer of 2022.
Her mother was suffering from pre-eclampsia - a potentially life-threatening condition for mothers in Haiti and Sallia was born prematurely via c-section.
The midwives in the maternity unit noticed she had developed a fever so she was quickly transferred to the Neonatal Care Unit where she received antibiotics and loving care whilst her mother recovered in maternity.
Thanks to the dedicated care of this incredible medical team, baby Sallia and her mother both survived and we were able to go home. The NICU and Maternity staff deal with emergencies like this every day but rely on your donations to continue this life-saving work.