The five-year Saj Fanm Pou Fanm (SFF) Project aims to reduce maternal mortality by strengthening the midwifery profession and practice and to promote the health and wellbeing of women, girls and newborns in Haiti. Saj Fanm Pou Fanm is Creole for “midwives for women”
SFF is led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with CAM, Association des infirmières sages‑femmes en Haïti (AISFH) Université du Québec à Trois‑Rivières (UQTR), the Institut de Formation des Sages-Femmes (INSFSF), and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). The project is financially supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
- Support midwives and nurses in their efforts to lower maternal and neonatal mortality rates
- Support sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in four Departments of Haiti (la Grande Anse, le Sud‑est, les Nippes et le Nord‑ouest). The focus of the work will be to reduce the discrimination based on sex and gender, while reinforcing the capacities of women and girls to empower them to make choices that respect their sexual and reproductive rights
- Support the strengthening of AISFH
- Address the issues of inaccessibility (of trained midwives, information) for women
- Strengthen the National Institute of Midwifery Training centre and increase the number of midwives deployed in the country
- Draft legal framework for the regulation of the midwifery profession
- More than 18,000 calls to the Alo Saj Fanm telephone hotline
- The technical clinical and teaching skills of a pool of 16 instructor-midwives were strengthened in the Formation en urgences obstétricales (FUO)- midwifery emergency skills. A total of 101 health care providers were trained by the FUO instructors.
- The Safe Delivery App, developed by the Maternity Foundation, was rolled out into health care facilities as a workplace resource to support continued learning of health care providers. Approximately 118 health care providers are now using the app to support their learning in Haiti.
- Successful elections of the AISFH board of directors and strategic planning towards string governance of the profession.
Alo Saj Fanm Maternal Health Telephone Hotline
Alo Saj Fanm telephone hotline is a free telephone service offered 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This telephone service is designed to fill in the gaps in Haiti’s vulnerable health system, where most mothers do not have access to any health care, especially in remote areas.
A collaboration between l’Association des infirmières sages‑femmes d’Haïti (AISFH), UNFPA, CAM, and VIAMO, the telephone line features an info line with pre-recorded information regarding maternal and child health and SRHR, a call center where users can speak directly to a midwife, and push notifications for pregnant women to receive timely information on antenatal visits and nutrition.
- The hotline has received more than 20,000 calls since its launch in September 2020.
Over 750+ have registered for push notifications
Total Project Budget
15 million CAD