As the Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of Microcephaly with a Haitian national who came to give birth in Florida, many people are asking what is it exactly.
"Microcephaly "is an abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development. It is a rare nervous system disorder for which the brain does not grow at a normal pace, the skull doesn't, either. Microcephaly can be caused by a variety of genetic (Congenital Microcephaly) and environmental factors (Acquired Microcephaly). Congenital Microcephaly is passed down through families, caused by defects in genes linked to early brain development. While the latter, or Acquired Microcephaly occurs when the baby is in the womb and fell prey of certain infections Like Rubella, Zika, Toxoplasmosis, or Cytomegalovirus or severe malnutrition or exposure to harmful substances, such as alcohol, toxic chemicals, or certain drugs. Children with Microcephaly in some cases have developmental issues, mild to significant learning disabilities, speech delays, or impaired motor functions, but there are many who do not experience any difficulty at all. Microcephaly is a relatively rare disease affecting about 25,000 children in the U.S. each year.
Sophia Martelly, First Lady, appeared at Maternity SONUB Thiotte inauguration, and at Center for Obstetric Care of Banane's relaunch. Her second visit to Thiotte, she promised to continue advocating to lower maternal and infant death events.
She encouraged medical personnel at Thiotte to use the reference library to educate Haitian women on pregnancy care and birth preparation. At the Banane ceremony she emphasized the necessity of deciding on a birth control method to stop unwanted pregnancies.
First communal section of Anse-à Pitre - Thiotte, Haiti
Clinique Maternité de Pétion-Ville
Clinique Chirurgicale Lambert Sante, Pétionville
Hospital De Fermathe (Baptist Mission)
Hospital Eliazar Germain, Petion-Ville
Hospital de la Communauté Haïtienne, Pétionville
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This is very interesting piece of information. According to a study done recently, many women in the region of Savanette in Haiti are getting pregnant and the reason suspected is because of a program established there to help pregnant women.
As part of a program to support mother and child, World Vision distributes food to pregnant women and mothers of children six to 23 months old. This program has also been offered vulnerable people like those living with AIDS an orphans