GlobeMed at Truman State partners with Maison de Naissance in Torbeck, Haiti to provide high-quality prenatal and newborn health care free of charge.
GlobeMed at Truman State + Maison de Naissance
GlobeMed at Truman State University | Kirksville, Missouri
Maison de Naissance | Torbeck, Haiti
Haiti has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the western hemisphere with 35 maternal deaths and 510 infant deaths for every 10,000 live births.
“GlobeMed has introduced me to many genuine people who are truly dedicated and committed to global health equity. Through these interactions, my knowledge on global health issues has grown immensely and so has my passion for working towards the changes that can be made.”
– Ashley Hartman, Truman State University ’11
About the Partnership
The Maison de Naissance Foundation is a nonprofit maternal health organization based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2004, the foundation established a birthing center in Torbeck, Haiti called Maison de Naissance, meaning “house of birth” in French. By offering the services of a modern maternity center, they provide impoverished women and children in rural southwestern Haiti with access to the care they need through a culturally appropriate and friendly birthing home. Maison de Naissance has managed to reduce the neonatal mortality rate in the area by up to 75% and currently employs over thirty Haitian staff members. The Maison de Naissance birthing clinic has increase prenatal cared received to expecting mothers to 99% in their area and has not lost a single mother in their 4,500 births. Since 2006, GlobeMed at Truman State has raised over $58,000 for Maison de Naissance’s projects in Haiti.
GlobeMed at Truman State University is partnering with Maison de Naissance (MN) to ensure that high quality vaccines are accessible to every family in MN’s immediate zone of service. The program vaccinates all mothers and children against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, German measles, and rubella. These vaccines have the incredible potential to establish herd immunity, or the percentage of a population that must be immune to prevent spread of a contagion in a community. Along with the vaccines, the Well-baby Care Vaccination Program prevents childhood disease through consistent check-ups.
GlobeMed at Truman State aims to raise $10,000 this year in order to provide infant vaccinations for Maison de Naissance. Maison de Naissance is a birthing clinic in rural Haiti that provides free care to expecting mothers and newborns. The Well-baby Care Vaccination Program provided by our chapter will protect mothers and children against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, German measles, and rubella.