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There are no words for the trauma that Haitians continue to experience.

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More than a year into the still-raging pandemic in Haiti, and just weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse this summer, southwestern Haiti experienced a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake followed by a tropical storm.

The maternal mortality rate in Haiti is the highest in the Western hemisphere. Due to a severe lack of skilled providers and well-equipped health facilities, most women give birth at home with limited access to basic and emergency obstetric care. ⁣The earthquake has displaced numerous families, damaged or destroyed health facilities, and shortages of supplies and food are rampant, amplifying challenges for pregnant people and mothers. 

In the aftermath of the earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace last month, our grantee partners have mobilized to respond to the situation and ensure pregnant people and mothers continue to receive high quality care. To support their efforts and help meet the needs of our partners, Every Mother Counts issued an emergency grant to Maison de Naissance, an organization most directly affected by the earthquake. Every Mother Counts’ other grantee partners Midwives For Haiti and Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives (FAHM) have also stepped in to support midwives and birthing people across the southwestern region.

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