Haiti has been reconstructing their healthcare system since the devastating earthquake in 2010. Until recently, funding was available for maternal health as Doctors Without Borders was offering their MATS program but this program has since been discontinued and international funding has dropped significantly. Doctors Without Borders continues to be successful in the work they do but they are unable to help every mother in need. The organization was forced to narrow its admission criteria for emergency obstetrical care and they are unable to treat every patient in need. To put it simply, patients have to get worse before they can be admitted to the hospital to get better. This truly is a difficult situation for both expecting mothers and maternal care providers.
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