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Haitian Border Crisis

COHI is already there. Join us.

We're organizing a response to the mounting migrant crisis on the Dominican Republic/Haitian border. Haitian migrants, many of whom are women and adolescents at heightened risk of exploitation and trafficking, are being deported from the DR back to Haiti.

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Here's how COHI ensures quality care to mamas and babies in crisis situations around the world.

Disaster Relief

COHI sends volunteer field teams to assist women in crisis zones.

Supplies

COHI provides supplies specific to women and children in crisis.

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COHI provides professional training to ensure sustainability to our beneficiaries.

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COHI's Response

COHI is actively organizing our response to provide maternal, reproductive, and newborn response teams and supplies during the emergency phase of recovery after the recent earthquake in Nepal. COHI made our first trip to Nepal in 2004 to train midwives in the region, and we have a deep network of allies in Nepal and India to help secure access to the region.

  • 294,000 women in Nepal will give birth in the next 6 months. Before the earthquake, six women a day died in childbirth in Nepal. COHI believes this number is likely to increase as a result of increased complications during pregnancy caused by the stress of the earthquake and the country’s mourning and recovery in months to come.
  • 32% of mothers in Nepal were set to give birth with a skilled attendant before the earthquake. This number is likely to drop dramatically with access to roads, bridges and transportation extremely limited in the months of recovery ahead.
  • Before the earthquake in Nepal, there were only 6.7 midwives for every 10,000 women in need of a trained attendant, an already insufficient number; access to other healthcare services will decrease as a result of the focus on emergency response and recovery;
  • COHI knows that girl children were especially vulnerable to exploitation and sexual slavery in Nepal before the earthquake and face increased risk due to the chaos and destruction of social systems due to the earthquake.
 

Description

  • The first phase of our response will involve conducting a rapid health needs assessment to determine the acute maternal, reproductive, and newborn health needs.
  • Response activities in-country will include helping COHI’s multinational partners to coordinate the distribution of maternal, reproductive, and newborn health-related supplies and equipment to moms, babies, children, and the health care providers through our in-country. community based allies.
  • If needed, COHI will provide an initial team of emergency response clinicians: OB/GYNS, nurses, midwives, trauma specialists, and public health professionals.
  • COHI commits to working with linguistically and culturally fluent providers, trained in psychological first aid.
 

Team

COHI's local response is being led by coordinators with deep networks in Nepal in human trafficking, sexual reproductive health, and community organizing. They are leading the assessment and will guide the long-term response partnerships and program plans for COHI in Nepal.

 

Shubha Kayastha

Shubha Kayastha

Shubha is a feminist originally from Nepal working in and around Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for the last eight years, developing and implementing programs. Her areas of professional specialization are Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Comprehensive Sexuality Education, and gender mainstreaming and social inclusion.
Sarah Zendel

Sarah Zendel

Sarah Rich-Zendel is a feminist, researcher, and Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Sarah has been working in the areas of gender, labor, and sexual rights for over ten years, coordinating and conducting research in Nepal. Sarah is currently involved in two Nepal-based research projects aimed at addressing issues related to unsafe migration and trafficking as well as the global/local dynamics of the sexual rights movement.
 

Support COHI's Efforts

We are so grateful for the funds that have come in, thank you to those of you who donated. Due to our community-based mobilization, COHI has already distributed funds, supplies, and food to women in Nepal. We predict that our fundraising efforts will require at least $100,000 USD to provide on-going care for the women and children most in need.

Donate Now

Welcome to COHI's Gift Registry! We're having a virtual shower for all our lovely mamas and sweet babes we support around the world. Below, we've crafted a list of supplies we commonly need during our crisis responses and in the field. Help support COHI as we empower mamas and babes to lead healthy, happy lives. Feel free to select any of the items below and donate to COHI's efforts—much love and gratitude for all who participate!

  • Calibrated Obstetric Drape

    Description: This calibrated drape unfolds to become a safe and sterile surface for delivery. Purchases 330 units.

    $55.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Pratt Pouch—HIV Prevention

    Description: These antiretroviral packets are designed for HIV-positive newborns to easily receive medication at home in remote locations. Each unit includes 30 packets of antiretrovirals. Purchases 220 units.

    $55.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Sprinkles Basic

    Description: Sprinkles is a powder made up of micronutrients that is flavorless, which makes it perfect for mixing with baby foods, and provides a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals to combat deficiencies. Purchases 110 units.

    $55.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • AMTSL Reminder Cards

    Description: This helpful card system helps clinicians through the steps of criteria during the Third Stage of Labor in order to avoid postpartum hemorrhaging. Purchases 71 units.

    $57.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Rotary Mobile Phone Charger

    Description: An easy way to charge cellphones and electronics when in remote settings withouth electricity. Purchases 48 units.

    $57.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • CycleBeads

    Description: CycleBeads is a natural method for tracking menstruation and family planning based on the standard 28-day cycle. Purchases 80 units.

    $60.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • HeartStrings

    Description: This is a simple method for midwives to determine the health of a fetus in utero. The kit includes a sand timer, a string of colored beads, a color-coded guide for decision-making, and a pinard horn. Purchases 60 units.

    $60.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • ThermoSpot Newborn Thermoindicator

    Description: The ThermoSpot thermometer allows clinicians, caretakers or health workers to determine if an infant is hypothermic. The color indicator changes with the baby’s core body temperature. Purchases 80 units.

    $60.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Clear Nasal Aspirator Bulb

    Description: Aspirator bulbs help remove excess fluid from newborns' airways after birth. Purchases 40 units.

    $70.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Urine Test Strips

    Description: This easy antenatal test uses dipsticks to test for glucose, protein and ketones. Purchases 40 units, and each unit includes one bottle of solution and 100 test strips.

    $70.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • CeraLyte 50 - Oral Rehydration Salt

    Description: CeraLyte 10 is a rehydration formula based on rice that is used for mild dehydration or for balancing fluids. Purchases 40 units, and each unit contains 100 sachets.

    $80.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Infant Thermal Bag

    Description: The Thermal Bag is made of bubble wrap in order to prevent hypothermia and protects against the harsh natural elements. Purchases 40 units.

    $80.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Solar Headlamp

    Description: This adjustable visor is solar-powered and perfect for attending births at night. Purchases 40 units.

    $80.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Ambu Bag Infant Resuscitator

    Description: This reusable resuscitator includes bags for infants, and is especially designed for extended use in the case of remote emergencies. Purchases 15 units.

    $90.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • MUAC Bracelets

    Description: The Mid-Upper Arm Circumference bracelet is used to determine a child’s malnutrition severity and includes a treatment guide. Purchases 15 units and each unit includes 10 bracelets.

    $90.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Power Pak

    Description: This solar-powered energy pack includes a light, visor and mobile phone charger and three electronic adapters and is designed specifically for health workers in remote settings. Purchases 12 units.

    $90.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Mylar Infant Transport Blanket

    Description: This Mylar blanket warms infants by reducing the evaporative and connective heat loss and is sterile. Purchases 15 units.

    $100.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Chlorhexidine

    Description: Chlorhexidine is a necessary and simple solution that is applied to the umbilical cord stump and can reduce newborn deaths. It is listed by the UN as one of the Essential Commodities to improve maternal and newborn health. Purchases 20 units, and each unit includes 48 4oz. bottles.

    $100.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Enov'Nutributter Supplement

    Description: This nutritional supplement is designed for young children from 6 to 24 months old in order to provide the required vitamins and minerals in food insecure locations. Purchases 38 units.

    $120.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Enov'mum Nutritional Supplements

    Description: This nutritional supplement, designed specifically for pregnant and lactating women, provides essential vitamins and minerals promoting maternal and fetal health. Purchases 40 units.

    $130.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Maternova Obstetric Kit

    Description: This emergency postpartum hemorrhage kit is designed for remote or low-resource settings, and everything can be packed conveniently in a suitcase or backpack. Purchases 12 units.

    $150.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Full Obstetric Carry-On

    Description: This carry-on is made for a traveling healthcare professional for crisis responses. Purchases 5 units.

    $300.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Solar Suitcase

    Description: The We Care Solar Suitcase was originally designed to support timely and efficient emergency obstetric care, but can be used in a range of medical and humanitarian settings. Contributes to the cost of 1 Solar Suitcase.

    $1,500.00

    BUY FOR COHI

  • Handheld Portable Ultrasound

    Description: Signos RT Personal Ultrasound is a handheld and easily transportable ultrasound device, perfect for providing women ultrasounds in remote settings with limited access to such instruments. Contributes to the cost of 1 Signos RT Personal Ultrasound.

    $2,500.00

    BUY FOR COHI

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