Circle of Health International works worldwide in areas of conflict and crisis to address women’s health needs, and the group announced yesterday that it is sending a team of midwives, trauma specialists, and obstetricians to Haiti. Says the group: “Women’s health needs — often a matter of life and death — do not cease to exist in crisis and post-crisis situations. In fact, the already dire condition of women’s health in these communities is often further threatened in times of emergency. Before the earthquake, Haiti suffered from the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western hemisphere, with 670 women per 100,000 dying in childbirth. Sadly, we know that during times of such tragedy and unrest, rates of sexual assault and domestic violence escalate, further endangering the lives of women in such settings. COHI pledges to do everything in its power to prevent further worsening of women’s health status and to ensure these vital needs are met.” You can donate funds, supplies, or inquire about volunteering at www.cohintl.org.