Saj Fanm Pou Fanm (SFPF) aims to strengthen the profession of midwifery, reduce maternal mortality rates and promote the health and well being of women, girls and newborns in Haiti. The five‑year project (2018‑22) is made possible with the support from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The partners in the project include the Canadian Association of Midwives, l’Association des infirmières sages-femmes en Haïti (AISFH), l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). The overall budget for the project is 15 million CAD.

“This project is extremely important because it will allow us to address the issues of inaccessibility (of trained midwives, information) for women. This project aims to not only strengthen the National Institute of Midwifery Training but also aims to create two more satellite schools that will increase our pools of trained midwives throughout the country. And already we have started working on our draft legal framework for the regulation of the midwifery profession.”

– François Marie Juliana Joseph, (President of the AISFH from 2016‑18)

The goal of SFPF is to help lower maternal and neonatal mortality rates, as well as support sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in four Departments of Haiti (la Grande Anse, le Sud‑est, les Nippes et le Nord‑ouest). The focus of the work will be to reduce the discrimination based on sex and gender, while reinforcing the capacities of women and girls to empower them to make choices that respect their sexual and reproductive rights.

“Midwives are extremely important in Haiti because, through the training they have received, they are the most qualified to take care of women, pregnant women and families.”

– François Marie Juliana Joseph, (President of the AISFH from 2016‑18)

CAM’s contribution to the project, through a partnership with the Association of Nurse Midwives of Haiti (AISFH), is to help build the capacity (organizational, advocacy, communications etc.) of AISFH, support the regulatory process for the midwifery profession in Haiti; and to strengthen continuing education for midwives and other health professionals, including respectful maternity care (RMC). The participation of Canadian midwives (consultants and volunteers), through short‑term missions or remote support, is central to achieving these goals.

When asked about the future, François Joseph offers a reserved smile.

“My hopes for the future … I believe and I am convinced that with this project, we will have a pool of trained midwives that can support underserved areas of the country where the ratio of maternal mortality is much higher … So, in the future, we will have a reduction in the ratio of maternal mortality with this project.”

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