GlobeMed at Truman State University partners with Maison de Naissance in Torbeck, Haiti to ensure access to high-quality maternal and child health care.
GlobeMed at Truman State + Maison de Naissance
GlobeMed at Truman State University | Kirksville, Missouri
Maison de Naissance | Torbeck, Haiti
Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rates in the Western hemisphere, with a lifetime risk of one in every 93 women dying from childbirth. In addition, one in every 16 infants dies within the first year of life.
“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, impoverished women and children in rural southwestern Haiti have 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%, without the loss of a single mother, and currently employs over thirty Haitian staff members. Since 2006, GlobeMed at Truman State has raised over $47,500 for Maison de Naissance’s projects in Haiti.
GlobeMed at Truman State University has been working with Maison de Naissance over the past five years to look for sustainable solutions for the clinic’s energy needs. This year, GlobeMed at Truman State University is providing funding for 48 batteries to store energy from the clinic’s solar panels and allow the clinic to fully operate at all hours of the day.
With reliable light, the clinic is capable of carrying out its lifesaving daily services night and day without impediment.