Haiti: MSF Inaugurates New Emergency Obstetric Care Hospital

On August 18, MSF officially inaugurated its new specialized emergency obstetric care hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Haiti 2011 © Yann Libessart/MSF

Children delivered at MSF's newly inaugurated obstetric hospital in Port-au-Prince.

On August 18, the medical humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Bordcers/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) officially inaugurated its new specialized emergency obstetric care hospital in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The hospital is called CRUO – Centre de Référence en Urgences Obstétricales (Referral Center for Obstetric Emergencies). The facility began treating patients in March of this year.

MSF built CRUO following the destruction of its previous emergency obstetric care hospital, Maternité Solidarité, in the January 2010 earthquake.

The new 122-bed facility provides 24-hour free care for women who are experiencing a range of serious, often life-threatening complications in their pregnancies. These include conditions like pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, obstetric hemorrhage, and uterine rupture.

Since March, more than 1,700 women have delivered at CRUO, including 380 in the first two weeks of August alone. All of these were emergency deliveries.

CRUO offers a full range of reproductive health care services, including antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and counseling and testing for HIV. In addition, the hospital provides neonatal care and offers mental health counseling to patients as needed.

The hospital is staffed primarily by Haitian health professionals and support staff. It is equipped with its own laboratory, blood bank and pathology department.

In providing these emergency obstetric care services, MSF continues to work in close collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health, in particular the nearby La Paix hospital.

MSF began providing emergency obstetric care to Haitian women at Jude Anne hospital in Port-au-Prince in 2006, seeking to help reduce Haiti’s extremely high levels of maternal mortality.