SBHF's impact in Southern Haiti is measured in lives saved, children who survive and thrive, and healthy people who are able to support their families and help raise the standard of living for their communities. In a place with extreme poverty and the highest levels of maternal and child mortality in the western hemisphere, providing reliable and affordable primary health services to all who come seeking care is critical, and transformative.
Ensuring Access to Care
SBHF is the only comprehensive healthcare provider in Southern Haiti that cares for patients regardless of their ability to pay. In a country where the majority of people lack consistent, affordable, accessible healthcare, SBHF is providing care to all who come seeking it. We believe that heathcare is a human right that should not be restricted by where you live or how much money you have.
Over 100,000 patients are seen annually across all of SBHF's programs.
Sustainability Through Local Leadership
Our sustainable model not only proivdes high quality care to some of the most vulnerable in Haiti, but also provides good job opportunities and continuing education for Haitian medical professionals to provide that care to their own neighbors.
SBHF's staff is 98% Haitian, including hospital leadership and nearly all medical staff.
Caring For the Most Vulnerable
St. Boniface Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides the only fully-functioning incubators for a population of 2.3 million people.
In a country with the highest rate of infant mortality in the Western Hemisphere - nearly 10x higher than in the United States - we are providing life-saving care to an average of 65 neonates every month.
Treating All Patients In Need
St. Boniface is known as one of the few high-quality hospitals in Haiti where all patients can receive care. People come from across Southern Haiti - up to a seven-hour journey from places like Jeremie - and the urban center of Port-au-Prince and beyond.
Each year St. Boniface Hospital cares for patients from each of the ten regional departments in Haiti.
Protecting the Lives of Pregnant Women
Only 1/4 of births in Haiti are attended by a skilled health worker, and 1 in 90 women will die of childbearing-related causes. We are changing that stark reality in Southern Haiti, providing care to thousands of pregnant women every year.
In 2017 our Maternal Health staff conducted close to 8,500 prenatal check-ups.
Bringing Healthcare to Rural Communities
In Haiti over 20% of children suffer from malnutrition, and 1 in 15 will die before their 5th birthday. Providing outreach services in the communities helps ensure that children and their parents in the most remote areas have access to preventative healthcare as well as health education.
90 SBHF Community Health Workers provided vaccines, disease prevention education, and primary care to approximately 34,000 people in 2017.
Providing Safe, Accessible Surgical Care
Around the world, 2 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical care. For patients who come to St. Boniface Hospital, this is no longer the case.
SBHF's Surgical Center and permanent surgical team are providing essential and emergency surgical care to over 250 patients per month. Access to surgery is saving lives and improving livliehoods every single day.
Training Haitian Medical Professionals
There are very few continuing education opportunities for medical professionals in Haiti. SBHF's training program is helping frontline staff improve their skills and provide better care to their patients.
SBHF has been identified by the Haitian Ministry of Health and USAID as one of three National Trianing Centers for Maternal, Neontatal & Child Health, providing trainings to staff from 12 health facilities around the region, as well as ongoing professional development for our own team.
Ensuring Access to Lifesaving Equipment
A 2013 study found that 70% of donated medical equipment in Haiti was non-functioning due to a lack of technicians trained to repair and maintain this kind of specialized equipment.
To address this problem, St. Boniface is leading the REPARE Biomedical Engineering Technician program, a public/private partnership between SBHF, USAID, the Kellogg Foundation and the GE Foundation. This program will train a new generation of Haitian biomedical engineering technicians, who will work to maintain and repair medical equipment at hosptials across the country - ensuring doctors and patients have access to equipment whenever they need it.
In response to the urgent need for spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation and care after the 2010 earthquake, SBHF started its innovative and comprehensive SCI program. It is the only program of its kind in Haiti, providing care, rehabilitation services, skills training, in-home support, and national advocacy efforts for people living with disabilities.
150 people living with spinal cord injuries have participated in SBHF's Spinal Cord Injury program, which continues to provide services to longterm program participants and patients who are admitted every year with spinal cord injuries caused by gun violence, road trauma, and other accidents.
None of this would be possible without the thousands of individuals, foundations, and government entities who provide financial and in-kind support for SBHF's work. Find out more about how you can become a part of St. Boniface.