Years after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, the country continues to face significant challenges to providing its people access to quality health services. The earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 displaced more than 1.5 million Haitians, making it impossible for most to access quality care. But even before the earthquake and for much of Haiti’s recent history, the country has faced significant challenges in delivering greatly needed health services to its people.
In Haiti, only 24 percent of married women ages 15-49 are using a modern contraceptive. More than half of women who want access to contraception don’t have it.
Pre-2010, it was estimated that nearly 40 percent of Haitians lacked access to basic health care. Today, that number is estimated to be even higher. Haiti has the greatest need for health services in all of the Western Hemisphere. The country suffers from high infant and maternal mortality rates as well as a high unmet need for contraception, a key challenge considering Haiti’s growing, young population.
Pathfinder first began work in Haiti in 1998 as the organization leading the charge on a four-year Post-Abortion Care and Family Planning Project funded by the Bergstrom Foundation. Pathfinder was successful in lowering maternal mortality rates by establishing integrated post abortion care services and family planning programs in Haiti’s northeast and southern regions. Pathfinder found tremendous success in its development of a community awareness initiative that increased demand for and access to contraception and maternal care services.
Pathfinder was also a key partner in a primary health program in Haiti from 1999-2001, building the capacity of local NGOs to better provide family planning services.
Today, with funding from USAID, Pathfinder works alongside Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population to bring quality health services to the southern and central regions of Haiti.
Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) is a three-year, USAID-funded project designed to bring quality health services to the southern and central regions of Haiti.
Forging a new path is part of Pathfinder’s DNA. Last year, in 26 developing countries, we pushed through barriers to ensure millions of women, men, and young people are able to access critical sexual and reproductive health care and choose their own paths forward. Read more in our 2015 Annual Report.
This low-literacy Haitian Creole version of Pathways to Change uses simple symbols to represent the factors at the personal, social, and environmental levels that make it harder or easier for someone to make a change in behavior.
mHealth as a Tool for Integrated Systems Strengthening in Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming
This technical brief describes and analyzes how Pathfinder uses mHealth for integrated systems strengthening in sexual and reproductive health programs in four countries: Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Haiti.
We believe change starts with expertly trained providers and pharmacies that never run out of supplies. It starts with open conversations among women, young people, men, religious leaders, mothers-in-law, policymakers, and others, joining to discuss their beliefs and remove barriers to their health and well-being. Our 2014 Annual Report shows a few highlights of how Pathfinder has served as a catalyst for change over the past year.