Childbirth is probably one of the most dangerous moments in a Haitian woman’s life. Most women have no access to a hospital, and where hospitals are available, they are often hours away walking through steep mountains, and the hospital themselves are crowded and unprepared. It is common, for example, for a hospital not to have an anesthesiologist, so women with complications and in need of a c-section die or have stillbirths.
In rural communities, where people must handle tools, machetes and carry heavy loads in their bodies, accidents are common. Children and men commonly suffer from burns and machete cuts when collecting firewood and preparing the fire for cooking.