In the Dominican Republic, Project HOPE works to improve maternal and child health outcomes, reduce neonatal mortality and address emerging health needs.
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Saving the Newborn in the Dominican Republic
Overcrowding, severe health problems and inadequate or nonexistent health facilities are a way of life in many communities across the Dominican Republic. Dominican mothers and their babies face difficult odds: this country has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates (babies who don’t survive past the first 28 days of life) in Latin America.
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Joshua’s Story: How Project HOPE is Helping Dominican Doctors Save Newborn Lives
In the seven months since he was born, Joshua, a patient at Los Mina hospital in the Dominican Republic, has had five surgeries for complications involving his bile ducts. With limited equipment and staff, doctors are doing all they can to save babies like Joshua and reduce the country’s alarming neonatal and infant mortality rate.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jen Ballard Provides Care for Expectant Mothers in the Dominican Republic
Neonatal and obstetric care is challenging in the Dominican Republic – nearly all births in the nation of 10.7 million take place at hospitals, yet many hospitals lack the space and equipment needed to meet the high number of patients. With help from volunteers like obstetrician Jen Ballard, Project HOPE is working to reduce the Dominican neonatal mortality rate and provide care to expectant mothers – many of whom are still teenagers.
How Project HOPE is Saving Mothers and their Babies in the Dominican Republic
Though health care is readily available for its 10.4 million residents, the Caribbean’s second-most populous country also has the second-highest neonatal mortality rate in the region. With contributions from Project HOPE’s health workers, obstetric patients in the Dominican Republic are learning to find support and guidance from their doctors as well as their neighbors.