MBF Partner Project Underway in Haiti

Leadership team addresses maternal and newborn needs in hospital

No mom should die giving birth. Yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 830 women around the world die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications every day. Many of these women live in developing countries such as Haiti. A great deal of them are in rural areas without access to prenatal care. They often give birth at home with no help if there are complications for the baby or themselves during and after the birth. As a result, a three-year MBF (Medical Benevolence Foundation) partner project is underway to build out the Hôpital Sainte Croix (HSC) Women & Children’s Center in Léogâne, Haiti.

MBF has assembled a leadership team of doctors and nurses both from HSC in Haiti and the U.S. The project team is working together to understand, revisit and revise HSC’s standards and protocols that best serve the women and children in the community. Ultimately, the team will develop a comprehensive plan to transition the current Labor and Delivery, Neonatal and Pediatric areas into a Women and Children’s Center meeting international standards.

The HSC/MBF team will be using evidence-based practice (EBP), which relies on scientific evidence, to help inform their decision-making process as they address the changes needed for improvement and to transition to a Center. The team will follow a problem-solving approach to patient care to address the following:

  1. Ask the clinical question
  2. Build the team
  3. Gather the most relevant research to answer the question
  4. Assess the research
  5. Implement the change
  6. Evaluate outcomes
  7. Share knowledge

The HSC/MBF team gained traction in protocols for postpartum hemorrhage and hand hygiene in two days of meetings onsite at HSC back in August. We are excited about the next phase of the project and the impact it will have on patient care in Haiti. Our plan is to help facilitate a healthcare community in Haiti that will grow the expertise of Haitian doctors, nurses and midwives leading to a stronger and more sustainable health system.

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Yours in Nursing,

Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
MBF Center for Global Nursing Development