Community Health Clinic
The Community Clinic Enfant Jesus is on-site in Lamardelle. The clinic is staffed by a competent team of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff who provide care for students at the Enfant Jesus School, children living at the Creche Enfant Jesus, and the broader Lamardelle community.
|Access to health care is extremely difficult for residents of remote country regions like Lamardelle. FEJ built the clinic to address this need and to ensure that the community of Lamardelle and the surrounding areas would have access to high-quality health care at very little cost. The clinic offers regular medical services, including pre-natal, maternity, physiotherapy, and pediatrics, as well as educational services, like nutritional programs for children and pregnant women.|
FEJ recognizes the interlocking nature of development issues that are necessary to promote a sustainable community. A key focus is addressing the severe malnutrition conditions of the children attending the school and for the children of the orphanages and the children being seen in the community clinic.
Nutrition education, or teaching people the best foods to use from available sources and providing basic nutrition and medication to stabilize these is a major focus of the nutrition program in the coming years. The FEJ programs are designed to address lasting solutions to reduce malnutrition and improve children’s lives. Enfant Jesus community clinic envision incorporating the nutrition program as part of the clinic. Therefore the children with not only receive nutritional support but as well medical attention.
FEJ has the belief that physical health and development is the foundation upon which cognitive development is based. Nutrition impacts are closely integrated with all health and education activities, starting with the pregnant mother, the birth of the infant and ongoing for the children throughout their lives.
Training provided included a comprehensive approach for improving the nutritional status of children directed toward infection prevention and reduction, environmental sanitation, early treatment of infections, feeding of sick children and maintaining good nutrition practices throughout the lives for both the children and for the staffs of these facilities.
The Way Forward
FEJ address the malnutrition issue that we have seen in the situation by ncorporating a nutritional program via the Enfant Jesus clinic which will implement a nutritional program to a 300 children yearly.
|Strategy of Program
Each year, thousands of women worldwide die due to pregnancy-related complications. Poor countries are affected the most. Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate (630 deaths per 100,000 live births) compared to the average for the Caribbean (99 deaths per 100,000 live births).
|Research shows that the reduction of maternal mortality is facilitated by skilled attendance at birth. Yet, only 25 percent of Haitian women are seen by qualified medical staff during childbirth. This percentage drops significantly to 10-15 percent in rural regions. This alarming situation has many causes including socioeconomic status, lack of education, inaccessibility of quality health care, geographic and cultural barriers, and a national health system that fails to meet the needs of the entire population.|
FEJ’s Maternity Project aims to strengthen the institutional care of pregnant women at the Community Clinic Enfant Jesus. Lamardelle has a high rate of maternal deaths. Almost all pregnant women living in the Lamardelle region (90 percent) give birth at home without the assistance of qualified personnel. The Maternity Project seeks to change this.
Objectives and Strategies
Our goal is to reduce the rate of maternal and neonatal mortality by decreasing the percentage of births at home by 50 percent and increasing the use of qualified medical staff during childbirth. Three specific objectives were defined:
- Establish basic emergency obstetrics care (SOUB) at the community clinic
- Engage 75 percent of pregnant women using these services
- Education on child and women health
The Maternity Program provide both the human and material resources to achieve these objectives, thereby expanding the quality and scope of health services to pregnant women. The Community Clinic Enfant Jesus will provide all pregnant women with 3 types of care to ensure healthy mothers and healthy infants:
The Maternity Project also support and educate the population, in general, and in particular, 100 percent of pregnant women, on the importance of institutional delivery. Our team will include a midwife, 25 matrons from the community, a doctor, social worker, health agents and community agents.
FEJ also partners with the network of midwives and field staff already in place. The traditional midwives will be refocused on awareness and community mobilization. FEJ will provide a financial incentive to the midwives (twice the amount received for a delivery) to motivate them to bring pregnant women to the clinic. Regular support meetings will also be held each month.
Other community outreach strategies include:
- An awareness campaign through social communication, media, health broadcasts on the radio and during sporting events
- A public health campaign using posters and banners at strategic community locations
- Outreach through mobile clinics and home visits for postnatal care