mEDICAL emergency for Pregnant women in Haiti
What is the Zika virus? According to the CDC: "The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. In response, CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing."
How does this affect Haiti? As an organization, we are very concerned about the Zika Virus outbreak and the effect it could have on the pregnant moms in our partner communities and the next generation of babies born in Haiti and other countries where this infection is present. Thus, we are working quickly to engage and disseminate critical resources to pregnant Haitian mothers so they can protect themselves and their babies as best as possible.
What is Hope for Haiti's response? With the organization's current healthcare network, Infirmary, and through Community Health Workers and midwives, we can act quickly. This response will include education and medical outreach to our partner communities so that they can learn about the virus symptoms and methods of prevention. In addition, Hope for Haiti will be targeting 200 women to provide them with Zika Prevention Maternity Kits. Each kit includes mosquito repellent, water purification tabs, educational materials and a bed net. We are also actively looking for partners who can assist in the donation of supplies such as mosquito nets and mosquito repellants. Please let us know if you have any contacts that could help.
How can YOU help now?
$25 will provide 1 pregnant woman with a healthcare consultation.
$50 will provide 1 pregnant woman with a Zika Prevention Maternity Kit.
$100 will provide 2 pregnant women with a Zika Prevention Maternity Kit.
Hope for Haiti is coordinating with the CDC-Haiti and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health to respond to this crisis. Please find more information on ways to help and educational resources about Zika here.