CMMB is an international NGO providing long-term, co-operative medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare. For over a century, CMMB has worked to strengthen and support communities through healthcare programs and initiatives, the distribution of medicines and medical supplies, and the placement of volunteers.
CMMB’s Volunteer Program addresses the critical need for professionals in areas that lack sufficient resources for quality preventive and curative health services, especially for women and children. Our Volunteer Program has placed thousands of practitioners around the world to help develop and implement community health interventions, work at local hospitals and health facilities, conduct clinical training for host country counterparts, and deliver essential medicines and supplies. The ultimate goal of CMMB's Volunteer Program is to support our country teams and local healthcare workers by sending volunteers that are dedicated to strengthening local health systems and supporting a pattern of sustainable development.
We believe in a world in which health and human dignity are shared by all.
We believe that access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. For more than 100 years, we have worked with global partners to deliver locally sustainable, quality healthcare solutions to women, children, and their communities. We’re ready to make it 100 more.
We believe change starts with her.
We work tirelessly for women’s and children’s health because they are disproportionately affected by illness and poverty. We know that healthy, educated, and empowered women are better able to raise healthy, educated, and confident children, and that communities depend on their livelihoods.
We believe in people.
We strive to live out our core values of collaboration, love, excellence, and respect every day. We provide our volunteers with a meaningful volunteer package, and the opportunities to learn, grow, and leave a longstanding legacy. We especially encourage all persons of diverse backgrounds to apply.
In 2015, CMMB:
- Volunteers dedicated 101,353 hours valued at almost $4.9 million
- Assisted 43,969 pregnant women
- Provided health services to 447,566 people
- Trained 4,734 health workers (1,400 were trained by volunteers)
- Provided critical health services to 91,013 children
Delivered medicines & medical supplies valued at $266 million
CMMB founder Dr. Paluel Flagg first began working in Haiti in 1912. Today, Haiti is CMMB’s largest country office. Health services programs and initiatives for women and children include:
- Disability rehabilitation
- Domestic and international volunteers
- HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission
- Maternal, neonatal, and child health
- Medical supply chain system strengthening
- Prevention and control of malaria
- Support for orphans and vulnerable children
CMMB has built solid partnerships with the Directions Départmentales de Santé (Departmental Health Offices) and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP, the National Ministry of Public Health and Population) as well as with local medical and nursing schools. Our faith-based approach resonates with health professionals in Haiti, where nearly 48% of health facilities are operated by faith-based organizations.
CMMB’s Children’s and Mothers Partnerships (CHAMPS) initiative works to improve the health of women, children, and their communities. CMMB identified the Côtes-de-Fer region as an area of debilitating poverty and intense need. Our CHAMPS site in Côtes-de-Fer focuses on community gardens, livestock breeding, water and sanitation, livelihood, and hygiene education, as well as training and retention of community health workers.
Although a modest clinic serves Côtes-de-Fer now, the closest hospital is more than two hours away. The distance, and price of transport makes critical treatment inaccessible to many. To intensify the impact of our work on the health of the local community, a hospital is under construction in consultation with the community and with the community’s participation.
To make the new hospital a reality, CMMB partnered with Mercy Health and construction began in February 2015. Upon completion in 2016, the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan hospital will provide quality healthcare for nearly 50,000 people in Côtes-de-Fer. Specialty services will include eye care, rehabilitation and prosthetics for amputees, general surgery, OB/GYN and dental services, among others. Our volunteer program will be fully integrated to provide additional specialty services, and increase the hospital’s overall capacity.
Delivering in a health facility is critical to the health of both mother and baby. Facility deliveries have risen dramatically with referrals and support from CMMB-trained community health workers. At meetings of Mothers’ Clubs, community health workers educate members on UNICEF’s 16 Key Family Practices for maternal and child health. Most Mothers’ Club participants go on to join a microfinance group, receiving a loan and line of credit after agreeing to save for a future in-facility delivery.
The dynamic Haitian Amputee Coalition, with CMMB as a founding member, met the overwhelming post-earthquake need for rehabilitation and prosthetics and orthotics, providing more than 1,000 amputees with high-quality follow-up care and physical therapy. Today, CMMB continues to serve Haitian amputees, by providing on-the-job training in this complex field to a talented group of young Haitian apprentices.Key Facts
- Population : 10,711,000 (Source: UN, 2015)
- Maternal Mortality Rate : 359 per 100,000 (Source: UN, 2010-2015)
- Life Expectancy : 62 (151st in the world) (Source: WHO, 2015)
- Under-5 Mortality Rate : 69 per 1,000 (167th in the world) (Source: UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, 2015)
- A small health center located in downtown Côtes-de-Fer serves basic needs. The newly constructed Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health (upon its completion in 2016) and its network of facilities, will support nearly 50,000 people in the area
- Learn More: https://cmmb.org/champs-community/cotes-de-fer-haiti/
- Haiti Child Health Project
- Working to improve the health of mothers and children
- Learn More: https://cmmb.org/project/haiti-child-health-project/
- Medical Supply Chain System Strengthening
- Collaborating with partners to ensure best practices
- Learn More: https://cmmb.org/project/medical-supply-chain-system-strengthening/
- Rehabilitation for Amputees
- Specialized training means hope for apprentices and patients
- Learn More: https://cmmb.org/project/rehabilitation-for-amputees/
- Sante Pou Fanmi An
- Creating a demand for quality care
- Learn More: https://cmmb.org/project/sante-pou-fanmi-an/
- SIDALE ("AIDS Go Away")
- Ensuring comprehensive care and treatment for more than 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDS
- Learn More: https://cmmb.org/project/sidale-aids-go-away/
Current Volunteer Opportunities in Haiti:
- Clinical: https://cmmb.org/get-involved/volunteer/clinical-medical-professionals/
- Medical Doctor - General Practitioner/Internal Medicine
- MD - General Surgeon
- MD - OB-GYN
- Nurse (RN or BSN)
- Lab Technician/X-Ray Technician/Ultrasound Technician (2 positions available)
- Public Health Professional, Generalist
- Public Health Professional, Generalist
- Supply Chain Manager
- Hospital Liason
- Healthcare Administrator
- Finance/Business Professional and/or Accountant (2 positions available)
- Marketing and Communications Specialist
- Guesthouse Manager/Hospitality Services Manager
Interested? Apply today!
6 - 12 Months
Expenses & Conditions:
Volunteers who serve for 6 months or longer receive housing, monthly stipend, and insurance coverage. Volunteers are required to share stories from the field, cover part of the cost of their placement through fundraising or individual contributions ($2,500), and build a legacy project for the community where they serve.
Contact & Application:
Apply online at www.cmmb.org/volunteer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 212-242-7757
General Requirements and Qualifications
Specific requirements vary by location and position.
- All international volunteers must be at least 21 years old
- Medical professionals must have licensures in good standing
- Min. Bachelor’s degree (except for some US based internships)
- Familiarity and interest in global health issues, especially maternal and child health
- Ability to perform in resource-limited working conditions
- Ability to work collaboratively and professionally while navigating cultural and language barriers
- Ability to be flexible and prioritize projects and tasks effectively; self-starter; takes initiative
- Problem solver, able to identify needs, and develop solutions
- Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
- Adaptable and flexible
- Proficiency in English; strong communication skills
- Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
- Supply Chain
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 6 to 12 months