As we have heard, Haiti is the poorest country in Western Hemisphere and has some of the worst health statistics. Many things did not work well before the earthquake and the recovery effort has not progressed as many had hoped.
There is a perception among some, though, that nothing was working before the January 12th earthquake and that nothing has happened since.
Certainly in the health sector, and specifically in AIDS, this perception is simply wrong. The earthquake has been devastating for Haiti and its people, but in the health sector there were many good things going on before the earthquake and some real strengths to build upon. The government of Haiti, at both the national and department level, has been playing a strong leadership role.
MSH first began working in Haiti over 30 years ago. Over the last decade our nearly all-Haitian staff has worked intensively to develop leadership, management, planning, and service delivery skills within the Ministry of Health and Population, nationally and at the departmental and local levels. We also work to strengthen over two dozen service delivery NGOs.