Project profile — Strengthening the Midwifery Profession and Practice in Haïti

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Strengthening the Midwifery Profession and Practice in Haïti - Overview
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund (XM-DAC-41119)
2018-03-23 - 2022-11-30
Country / region • Haiti (100.00%)
Sector • Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Reproductive health care (13020) (15.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Family planning (13030) (15.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (70.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project seeks to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Haiti by improving the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in four of the country’s underserved departments (Grande Anse, Sud-Est, Nippes and Nord-Ouest). In addition to addressing gender inequality, the project is helping to build women’s and girls’ capacity to make more informed choices when exercising their sexual and reproductive rights. Project activities include: (1) training midwives at the Institut national supérieur de formation des sages-femmes (INSFSF) - the national midwifery training institute - and in two new satellite/practice schools; (2) deploying these newly trained midwives to improve the range and quality of services, as well as to spur demand for these services through a community approach; (3) strengthening the legal framework of the midwifery profession, particularly by regulating the profession in accordance with international standards. The project is expected to directly benefit 205,014 women and girls, 170,266 of which are women of childbearing age and 34,749 of whom are girls aged between 10 and 14 .

Expected results

The expected results of this project include: (1) increased availability of well-trained midwives able to provide culturally sensitive and SRHR-supported services for women and girls, mainly from underserved areas; (2) increased deployment of midwives in health institutions at the national level and especially in underserved areas, capable of providing sexual and reproductive health services, emergency obstetric care and essential newborn care with respect for women's rights and the environment; and (3) strengthened regulation of the midwifery profession to take into account the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of December 2021 include: (1) the national coverage has reached 14.7% (the objective was 25%) to meet the needs of qualified midwives in Haiti, especially in the underserved areas targeted by the project; (2) established two teaching programs for midwives and 11 internship locations, which was the intended target for 2022; (3) trained 227 student midwives at the Institut National Supérieur de Formation de Sages-Femmes (national midwife training institute), with 122 graduates since the beginning of the project; (4) produced 100 newly graduated midwives out of a total of 134 in the public and private sectors, which exceeds the intended target (70% instead of 60%); (5) with the support of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, 24 midwives received training to become midwife instructors and certified in competency-based approaches and micro-teaching techniques; (6) 64,416 pregnant women used sexual and reproductive health services, which are hygienic and respect their rights; (7) educated 100,500 women and girls in underserved communities of sexual and reproductive health and rights, which is 75% of the intended target; (8) 84% of midwives in 2021 joined the Association des Infirmières Sages-Femmes d’Haïti (Haitian nurse-midwives association).



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Planned Disbursement $0
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