Haiti has the highest maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere.
More than four women die each week from complications relating to pregnancy or childbirth.
In 2015, 31,000 children under five died in Haiti (that’s a mortality rate of 59 children out of 1,000, which is 12 times higher than in Canada where the rate is 4.9 children out of 1,000). Of the 31,000 deaths in Haiti, more than 7,000 were newborns who died as a result of a premature birth, complications during childbirth, or an infection.
Chronic malnutrition, which affects 11.4% of children under five, is also a major cause of infant mortality.
The high cost of care, the lack of services and the geographical distance of health facilities are the main factors affecting the mortality rate. In some areas, it can take up to five hours to reach a medical centre.