The political and economic crisis in Haiti has made it extremely hard to transport supplies, making the care of patients at healthcare facilities difficult. A severe fuel shortage combined with recurring power outages and roadblocks set up by protesters have resulted in an increase in preventable deaths, especially among newborn infants.
Earlier this month, a shipping container with more than $100,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies was delivered to Cap-Haitien and distributed to Konbit Sante’s partners. The contents were the results of direct donations or were purchased with the financial support provided to us with the help of donors like yourself.
Here is what Alexis Nadia, head nurse of pediatrics and neonatology at Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital in Cap-Haitien, said regarding the receipt of oxygen concentrators, which were used to help treat infants with respiratory problems, including the one shown in the photo below:
“I would like to say ‘thank you’ to those that donated the oxygen concentrators. These are very important for us in Haiti, because right now, we are in the middle of a crisis. With the blocked roads, we’ve had problems getting oxygen transported. So for the past three weeks, we have been using them to support the babies that have respiratory problems… they are really, really useful and important. They help us to achieve good results for those babies with respiratory crises. On behalf of the staff of the hospital, the administration, and the pediatric staff, we say to the donors, ‘thank you, thank you, a lot!’”
The O2 concentrators represent just a few of the items that arrived on the container. Please help us continue this important work by donating at www.konbitsante.org/donate. Thank you.