The Haitian Health Care Ministry Fund (HHCMF), dedicated to maternal and children’s health needs on Haiti’s Central Plateau, recently began a matching grant program to multiply its efforts to combat the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. 

In partnership with the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation, we help connect parishes in the Richmond Diocese, and others with a calling for relationship with Haiti communities, to support trained midwives and early infant care in Haiti’s Central Plateau.The grants help to provide full access to trained and certified Haitian midwives and work with the Haitian communities to enhance the care pregnant women receive.

What is the HHCMF matching grant program?

We connect parishes to Haitian communities to 
provide pregnancy carethrough a state-of-the-art mobile clinic or through a permanent midwife in residence. In many communities, the first time the women receive medical care is when they visit the mobile clinic.

Funding a permanent midwife residing in a village/ community requires about $9,000 to $10,000 yearly. That covers supplies, room and board and salary.

Parishes, organizations or individuals can contribute $4,500 to $5,000 toward the cost, and the rest will be matched for up to five years. At that time, the sponsor may fully fund the midwife or continue contributing.

What are the Matching Grant Program's goals?

1. Place Haitian midwives for service to the poor in the Central Plateau.

2. Provide prenatal, midwifery and infant health care services to Haitian communities in the Central Plateau of Haiti.

For parishes
Participating parishes do not need to have an already-established relationship with a Haitian community. HHCMF will link your parish with communities in need, unless you have an already established relationship.

Parishes choose a level of participation. For example, midwife services through the mobile clinic cost $3,000 a year. A parish can give $1,500 and it will be matched with a $1,500 grant to cover the cost of midwife services.

Next steps 
Please contact Dr. Kurt Elward, MD, MPH, Chair, Haitian Health Care Ministry Fund Committee, at kselward@aol.com or 434-996-6391 for more information or to request a presentation to your parish. Click here to make a gift to our matching grant program.