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Arts Innovation Talk at Haitian Heritage Museum - Feb. 22, 2018 - Miami, Florida

In celebration of Black History Month The Haitian Heritage Museum presents the Arts Innovation Talk ("Arts IT") series with local Urban Contemporary Artists: Kandy Lopez, Troy Simmons, and Tracy Guiteau, that are featured in our current Black Contemporary Art Show.

This Artists talk series will connect the artists with the community to share their unique artistic forms of expression, and the role that the Arts plays in community building through the lens of Urban Black Contemporary Artists. Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 6:00pm to 9pm at the Haitian Heritage Museum.

For more information, our mailing address is:
4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Website: www.haitianheritagemuseum.org

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7e Festival Fondu au Noir - du 22 au 25 fevrier 2018 a Montreal

Le 7e Festival Fondu au Noir offrira une grande célébration du Mois de l'Histoire des Noirs à Montréal du 22 au 25 février 2018 à travers un programme alliant cinéma, humour, musique et discussions.

Le Festival Fondu au Noir, créé par la Fondation Fabienne Colas et présenté par la Banque TD, revient avec une 7e édition inspirante et diversifiée. 2018 étant une année mythique soulignant les 215 ans de l'indépendance d'Haïti, le Festival a choisi le thème hommage à Haïti et ses talents tout en commémorant, en clôture du Festival à travers le film The Rape of Recy Taylor, l'important mouvement planétaire #MoiAussi, qui inspire les femmes à se tenir debout et à s'exprimer.

Infos / Bande-annonce / BIllets: www.FonduAuNoir.ca

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New World Symphony Fellows taking the stage & The Haitian community invited

I have a very exciting opportunity concerning the residents of Little Haiti Miami! Last year, they submitted footage of Little Haiti to the community project, Miami in Movements (Project 305). You can see exactly what they submitted by clicking here! This weekend, residents of Little Haiti will have a second chance to see this unique project! Don't let them miss out! See more information below!

I am excited to share that next Saturday, Feb. 3, the New World Symphony Fellows will be taking the stage alongside Artistic Director and conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), for the annual "New Work" performance. The highly-anticipated program will feature the world premieres of a newly-revised Miami in Movements, musical compositions and literary works by MTT himself as well as an exclusive micro-play by famed New York playwright, Christopher Wall. Would love to invite you to attend and cover the event!

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Wheat fortification recommended for women and children in Haiti

Haiti could prevent the death of approximately 140 women and infants yearly. A recent study conducted by The UC Davis Team found that deaths often caused by neural-tube defects and anemia among women and children could be prevented by just adding some iron and folic acid to the wheat flour during the milling process.

The researchers estimated that it would cost around $5 million to invest in the Wheat fortification project over a period of 12 years. However, the benefits would be o0ver $120 million in benefits over the same period.

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Attempt to decrease infant mortality rate in Haiti with diapers

According to reports of some UNICEF social workers, inadequate diapering is a huge contributor to diarrhea and worm infestations in Haitian babies. An entrepreneur is coming up with an idea to decrease Infant Mortality Rate in Haiti.

Jake's Diapers, Inc. is a 501(c) 3, non-profit ministry whose mission is to provide cloth diapers to babies, children, and adults in extreme poverty, especially in countries like Haiti. About six years ago, Stephanie Bowers, the Executive Director of Jake's Diapers once visited an orphanage in Pachacutec, Peru. There she saw that the caregivers, although their love for the babies was beyond doubt, were forced to reuse disposable diapers. They were doing their best with their only available option and that was a forced pick between diaper and food. This unthinkable choice happens every day for many rural Haitian families.

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Rotavirus vaccine to fight infant mortality in Haiti

Child Statistics In Haiti

Many infant mortality in Haiti are caused by diarrhea that can lead to dehydration, vomiting and fever. Often, these are the symptom of a virus called: Rotavirus.

Rotavirus infections spread easily in settings where many children are together. It is obtained through contact with the stool from an infected child. It is estimated that rotavirus disease is taking the lives of close to 2,500 Haitian children every year.

Due to its high contagious rate, just an improvement in drinking water, sanitation or hygiene would not solve the problem. Vaccination has been determined to be the best method to stop the spread of rotavirus.

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Midwife, Fanm Sage, could help avert Infant mortality in Haiti

Midwife in Haiti

Thousands of women and newborns continue to die each year during pregnancy and childbirth or after. The vast majority of these deaths could have been prevented with proper prenatal and delivery care.

Skilled birth attendants such as a midwife, doctor or nurse, who have been trained to manage uncomplicated pregnancies, deliveries and the immediate postnatal period could be the solution. They could also be trained to identify complications and obtain timely emergency assistance.

Unfortunately, skilled midwives are in short supply and Haiti never had enough midwives to meet the needs of the population. Hundreds of thousands of women and newborns continue to die each year during pregnancy and postnatal period.

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Injuries and illnesses, the leading causes of infant mortality in Haiti

Man With Child - Haiti Earthquake - January 12, 2010

Haiti has the highest rates of infant mortality under-five and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere.

Injuries which account for (66%) are by far the most common cause of death in children aged 1 to 5 year. Over 2,000 Haitian children a year are trafficked to the Dominican Republic, often with the consent of their parents. Several thousands are working as messengers, spies and even soldiers for armed gangs and are subject to abuse and death.

Lack of access to basic health-care services is the next leading cause for Haiti high child mortality rate. Illnesses associated with infant mortality in Haiti include Diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, respiratory infections and HIV/AIDS.

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Preeclamsia/eclampsia, the leading case of Maternal Mortality in Haiti

Pregnancy in Haiti

While the primary reason for maternal mortality Caribbean is hemorrhage(23%), followed by hypertension(22%), in Haiti it is different. The main cause of maternal death in Haiti is preeclamsia/eclampsia at an alarming rate of (37.5%), followed by hemorrhage at (22%).

Preeclampsia/ eclampsia are the development or worsening of high blood pressure during pregnancy. The symptoms of preeclampsia are seizures. This condition can develop any time from 20 weeks into the pregnancy until weeks after delivery.

Often, as blood pressure continues to climb higher, this may cause the placenta to separate from the wall of the uterus, causing severe bleeding and even death of the fetus and possibly the mother.

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Give birth in Haiti at your own risk

We are aware that infant mortality in Haiti is at an alarming rate, the highest in the Caribbean. Maternal Mortality is yet another problem that the country must deal wit more effectively.

The maternal mortality ratio in Haiti in 2013 was 380 per 100,000 live births which was evaluated at more than 1000 maternal deaths. This was an official number. Considering how difficult it is to come up with real numbers, the actual rate of maternal death could be much more. Again this ratio is much higher in Haiti than in other regions in the Caribbean

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