Community Health Clinic
FEJ's Health Care Program
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, those in the orphanage, and those 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 is a major focus of the nutrition program in the coming years. FEJ programs are designed to address lasting solutions to reduce malnutrition and improve children’s lives. Enfant Jesus community clinic envisions incorporating the nutrition program as part of the clinic, allowing children to receive nutritional support and medical attention.
Nutrition is 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.
- To supply medicines, teach nutrition, conduct physical rehabilitation, provide regular medical check-ups, and to educate parents.
- To provide vaccinations, nutritional information, food preparation techniques, and teach AIDS prevention.
- To train a Haitian clinic staff member to provide services year-round.
- To outfit the school, orphanage and medical clinic with milk and medicine for the children in need.
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).
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% and increasing the use of qualified medical staff during childbirth. Three specific objectives have been defined:
- Establish basic emergency obstetrics care (SOUB) at the community clinic.
- Engage 75% of pregnant women using these services.
- Provide education about children’s and women’s health.
FEJ also partners with a 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.