What a summer it's been... from conflict to elections to vaccines, we've been overwhelmed. But one thing that has really defined these past couple of months is the unprecedented number of natural disasters that have hit our collective shores. From the life threatening heat waves in the Pacific Northwest of the US, to the fatal flooding in Germany, the Netherlands, and even New York City, to the devastating hurricane Ida in Haiti. It is impossible to deny that climate change's life-alterating impacts are here.
And we at COHI know all too well what devastating impacts this will have on vulnerable women and girls, who always experience greater health risks in times of disaster. From our work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, to our work with Texas climate refugees affected by the Harvey Flooding in 2017. One of our greatest achievements has been the work we've been able to do with our partner birth clinic in Puerto Rico, which still has not recovered from Hurricane Maria.
Which is why we're prioritizing the transition towards sustainable public health, in every sense of the word. We've already been able to install solar panels on the roof of the Puerto Rican birth clinic, but we can't stop there. Right now, we're raising the funds needed to ensure that all of our power comes from sustainable sources, that our mobile clinics are equipped with gas-saving systems, and that our medical waste is recycled whenever possible.
But, despite the long-term cost saving effects of sustainable work, it is expensive for us to be making these transitions. However, as we work with women who lost their homes and loved ones to Maria, we are reminded of the necessity of this work. Will you join us in making our sector that much healthier?
The news of the loosening of social distancing and safety rules could not have come at a better time - with summer just around the corner, we're antsy to get outside and let the sun hit our chins!
It's also great timing for our partners in Puerto Rico, who have been running mobile clinics and telehealth medicine for the past year. This news means that we are able to move ahead with our work to open a permanent birth clinic and midwifery training school.
As Puerto Rico continues to recover from a decade of disasters and economic devastation, the healthcare system is working to rebuild itself. This provides us with an opportunity to inject the infrastructure with women's health workers who are trained in providing respectful, culturally literate, and high quality care. Health workers trained at our partners' clinic.
But we can't make this a reality without funding, without help from people like you. Will you join us in working towards a more equitable healthcare system for the people of Puerto Rico?
Happy New Year! We've made it through the wreckage of 2020 and have finally entered a year where a vaccine and a return to (somewhat) normalcy is in sight.
But for our partners down in Puerto Rico, it's not that simple. The is still experiencing the effects of being ravaged by Hurricane Maria and the subsequent earthquakes. People are living without running water or electricity and some still don't have access to their own home. Even before the pandemic, this meant that our partner midwives and birthworkers were operating in dangerous conditions. The virus has only made that more severe.
That's why COHI is working to supply our partner birth clinic and its patients with the tools necessary to conduct telehealth work and, if an in-person visit is needed, the PPE supplies needed to make sure that both sides remain healthy and safe. Will you join us?
Can you believe the world we're living in right now? Hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes - natural disasters happening left and right. And on top of all that, there's a global pandemic with no concrete end in sight. It's enough to get you feeling downtrodden, hopeless, and lost.
Here at COHI, when we begin feeling this way, we try to focus instead on the amazing healthcare professionals we work with. People who are risking their own livelihood in order to keep others safe. But what if they didn't have to?
Right now, COHI is raising funds to begin a Telehealth program at our partner birth clinic in Puerto Rico. These birth workers are used to working in extreme conditions - having continued to provide care during and after Hurricane Maria. But COVID has presented a new type of danger. That's why we're so excited to implement this Telehealth program, which will allow the birth workers and their clients (from all across the island!) to meet without risking anyone's safety.
Our partners in Puerto Rico are working hard to create safe medical spaces for their patients. CentroMAM, our partner birth clinic, is preparing maternal health kits that are delivered to patients. These include supplies and medicines that allow CentroMAM's midwives to conduct safe and effective telehealth appointments, keeping the mothers, babies, and medical workers safe from the pandemic.
We are so proud to be partnering with a birth clinic that is fueled by a team of passionate, expert midwives who served displaced mothers across the island. And we want to keep them safe. That's why we're raising the funds needed go get them all the Personal Protective Equipment they need to keep working in the field.
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