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SBHF Maternal and Neonatal Health Center Opens, Welcomes New Life

March 28, 2015
SBHF Director General Dr. Pierre, First Lady of Haiti Sophia Martelly, W.K. Kellogg Foundation representative Dana Francois, Haiti’s Minister of Health Dr. Florence Guillaume, and Southern Department Health Director Dr. Fevrier cut the ribbon at the opening of the MNH Center in March. 

Thanks to your incredible generosity, March 25, 2015 was a remarkable day in Fond-des-Blancs history, as over 150 guests gathered at St. Boniface Hospital to celebrate the inauguration of one of the most advanced Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) centers in Haiti. The MNH Center is positioned to be the leading space for maternal and neonatal health care and training in southern Haiti, working to reduce the neonatal and under-five mortality rate in the South and Southeast Departments of the country—currently among the highest in the Western Hemisphere. As Dr. Berthony Guerrier, OB/GYN and Director of the MNH Center said during the inauguration ceremony, “We hope that women across the Southern Peninsula feel honored by the chance to deliver their children with dignity.” 

At birth, Baby Wordta had access to the most advanced health care facilities for newborns that southern Haiti has ever seen. 

Opened just 13 months after beginning construction, the new facility houses a total of 17 beds for women (including specialized areas for handling prenatal complications, delivery, and postpartum care), and
14 beds for neonates (including five incubators). The MNH Center will significantly increase SBHF’s capacity to care for the population within and beyond the Fond-des-Blancs area.

The first baby born at the MNH Center arrived on Monday, March 30th. Wordta came into this world at 10:23 pm, weighing in at a healthy 5 pounds, 2 ounces. Her birth was both a miracle for her family and a testament to our incredible local staff. Since Wordta’s arrival, staff at the new center has welcomed more than 100 babies, and the NICU is in active use, ensuring the best possible start for the most vulnerable newborns. With your support, SBHF is realizing our goal of dramatically expanding our ability to serve the most vulnerable with guaranteed access to quality maternal and neonatal care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.