Family Planning

   

This year as the holidays approach, Children’s Health Ministries is very excited to be participating in GIVING TUESDAY, a global movement focused on giving back after Thanksgiving and the crazy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday!! Last year over $168 million dollars was raised for incredible causes all around the world!

This year we are raising $10,000 to provide 500 women with Family Planning services in the next year! By joining the movement, you’ll be empowering families and changing lives by providing women with crucial family planning services. Read more below about this exciting new program!

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Family Planning

   

Carrefour, where CHM has served since 2012, is one of three urban areas in Haiti known to be the worst for poverty, lack of education, food shortage, and poor accessibility to healthcare. We have worked with many, many women who have 5-7 children, and some have as many as 11. These women are feeling the strain of having too many children, too close together:

  • not enough food to go around, leading to malnourished, stunted children

  • not enough money to pay for education, perpetuating the cycle of illiteracy and poverty

  • no resources to access quality healthcare, increasing the maternal, infant, and childhood mortality rates.

   

How Will Family Planning Help Haiti?

The mission of Children’s Health Ministries is to provide health and nutritional care to women and children in order to keep families together. We feel that family planning is an essential piece of this puzzle. By adding family planning to our list of programs we will be able to assist women determine the size of their families. This will do much, much more than simply reducing family sizes. Studies have shown that with fewer children to feed, all members of the household will be more adequately nourished. Maternal and infant death rates will decrease as pregnancies are healthier and more appropriately spaced. Attainment of education will improve, as will the status of women and girls as women can become more productive members of society and not be confined to the role of continual child bearing. All of these improvements will directly decrease the number of children being turned over to orphanages and institutions instead of allowing children to be raised in the God-ordained family setting.

Access to Family Planning

Over 35% of the women of Haiti has an unmet need for birth control. Unmet need refers to the number of women who would use family planning measures but are not able to access them due to cost, location, or consistent availability.

The unmet need is even higher among the adolescent population, ages 15-19. Among this group 56% of women do not have access to the family planning measures they need. Due to the large number of women who are unable to access adequate family planning services, Haiti has one of the highest fertility rates in the world: 3.5 children born on average to each woman. Among the poorest members of the population, this number is even higher: 5.7 children born to each woman.

Which Women, Types of Birth Control & Sanctity of Life

As providing Family Planning will be a new avenue for us, we intend to start working with women who have previously been in one or more of our existing programs. This includes women who have had children in the malnutrition program, women who have been in the prenatal and/or well-baby program, etc. As funding and interest allows, we may consider expanding into the wider population.

At this time we plan to begin the program by providing Depo-Provera injections. As our funding and abilities increase, we have hopes to expand to other forms of birth control, including IUDs and long-term hormonal implants.

Because we believe in the sanctity of life, we will only offer birth control options that PREVENT pregnancy. We will not offer nor promote any form of birth control that terminates a pregnancy at any gestational age.