Looking for Midwives for Haiti

This was sent to me by one of our board members, Geoff Miller. Perhaps some of you out there know someone who is interested. This is not related to Open Arms directly – more of a public service announcement! Here you go.

Yayasan Bumi Sehat is looking for midwives to volunteer to work in our new clinic in Jacmel, Haiti. To download our application please visit www.bumisehatbali.org and click on the Haiti tab.

Jacmel, Haiti: Bumi Sehat- Haiti has established a birth center to serve birthing women and children in Jacmel, Haiti. Bumi Sehat-Haiti will follow the midwifery model in the care we offer to our mothers. Our focus as an international NGO is to support maternal & child health and survival. Founded in 1995, Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) is a non-profit, village-based organization of dedicated families, midwives, doctors, nurses, teachers and volunteers from countries around the world. Bumi Sehat currently runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia that provide over 23,000 health consultations for both children and adults per year. On January 18, 2010 in Jacmel, Haiti, in response to the devastating earth quake that destroyed 60-80% of Jacmel, Bumi Sehat-Haiti “La Femme” Birth Center was born and is our newest baby!

Our Mission: Our passion is to see a reduction in maternal and child morbidity and mortality, and, to support the health and wise development of communities. Toward this goal, we provide general health services, emergency care, prenatal, postpartum, birth services and breastfeeding support, in addition to education and environmental programs. Yayasan Bumi Sehat Haiti is devoted to working in partnership with Haitian people to improve quality of life and to improve peace among the people.

Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers who can give at least 3 weeks or more of their time to Bumi Sehat in Jacmel. Due to the difficulty in transportation in and out of Haiti this required minimum time is a must. Please do not apply if you can’t provide this length of time and don’t have the following.

Requirements:

  • Licensed Midwife-CPM, CNM, Direct Entry, Traditional Midwife
  • 5 years minimum practicing midwifery
  • Caught at least 50 babies in the last 24 months
  • Willing to be creative and innovative
  • Willing to pay their own way to and from Haiti.

Students: We are not accepting applications for students at this time however are in the process to create an internship program. More details will follow in the months to come.

February 19, 2010 OCHA Situation Report

Health NGOs – The Ministry of Health has asked that NGOs not send health teams to Haiti unless they are able to stay at least 1-3 months. This is a result of the innumerable groups that have been coming down to help for a week or two at a time, which is not really enough time to determine the most effective way to plug into the larger assistance picture.

Please visit http://www.bumisehathaiti.org/ to download our application under our Haiti tab.

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