This is a photo of a Haitian midwife by the name of Bien Amie Guerlie. She is using parts of the Maternova obstetric pak--the solar powered headlamp and the WHO Colour Scale to detect anemia. Bien Amie was part of the first graduating class of midwives trained by [ Midwives for Haiti
]. The midwives are being trained for deployment in the area around Hinche in mobile clinics and in the local hospital. What has become clear is that the Maternova obstetric paks are both a clinical tool--but also an added safety kit for midwives who are traveling alone in remote areas.
When there is no electricity at the hospital at night, the new solar-powered headlamps provide light for their care of women in labor. And when the midwives are out in the field, the rotary phone chargers ensure that they are always a phone call away from advice, safety and referral information. Midwives for Haiti reports that midwives at Ste. Therese Hospital in Hinche deliver hundreds of women per year, and those on the mobile pre-natal clinics see 30-40 women per month in 16 rural villages around Hinche. Ste. Therese hospital is understaffed with obstetric professionals, and has poor access to water and electricity. However, Bien Amie Guerlie and four other midwives provide quality care to the women delivering there. In addition to light and power, the Maternova paks are allowing the midwives access to a simple colour scale to detect anemia, an important risk factor for post-partum hemorrhage. In addition, the kit provides the midwives with a way to measure blood loss and a reminder card for the Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor. The Maternova paks were rated 'very effective' by Midwives for Haiti!
We are on a mission to deliver and distribute 1000s of these paks to the most remote corners of the world. Learning that they are already being put to good use in Haiti is important news. In fact, Midwives for Haiti is requesting more kits for their next class of midwives!