MSH and IRC to Partner in Haiti
MSH is teaming up with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the global nonprofit health development organization to respond to the relief effort in Haiti.
The IRC and MSH previously worked together in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake and in Southern Sudan, to restore the health system following the end of the 20-year civil war there.
The joint IRC-MSH efforts in Haiti will focus on displaced people and on communities that were hit hard by the January 12 earthquake, as well as communities that are hosting homeless victims of the disaster. Programs will be carried out in close collaboration with Haiti’s Ministry of Health.
The IRC and MSH together plan to use their combined expertise to carry out a range of programs including:
- “Cash for Work” programs that will employ out-of-work Haitians to clear rubble.
- Rehabilitation of damaged health centers.
- Delivery of drugs and supplies to out-of-stock clinics and health facilities.
- Water and sanitation projects, with a focus on medical waste management.
- Community health network training and expansion of basic medical services.
- Transportation of women with obstetrical emergencies—and other patients needing urgent care—to health facilities
The IRC’s Emergency Response Team in Haiti, led by Gillian Dunn, includes experts in water and sanitation, logistics, health care, and programs for women and children.
The International Rescue Committee is a global leader in humanitarian aid, the International Rescue Committee works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by conflict and oppression. During crises, IRC teams provide health care, shelter, clean water, sanitation, learning and healing programs for children and special aid for women. As emergencies subside, the IRC stays to revive livelihoods and help shattered communities recover and rebuild. The IRC also helps resettle refugees given sanctuary in the United States. A tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, the IRC is committed to restoring hope, dignity and opportunity. For more information, visit www.theIRC.org.
MSH has been working in Haiti for 30 years to help the country develop self-sufficient and comprehensive health services and will continue playing a lead role in rebuilding the health system following the earthquake. Its nearly 200 person staff in Haiti works with local partners and the Ministry of Health to implement several major projects to strengthen the country’s health system at the national and local levels.
The SDSH (Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti Project–Pwojé Djanm) project, funded by USAID, is focused on building the capacity of the Haitian ministry of health and strengthening the involvement of the community at the local level to deliver essential health services across a network of two dozen NGO’s and 60 public sector sites that collectively reaches 4 ½ million people in Haiti.
The Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program (LMS-Haiti), funded by USAID, is focused on building a unified commodity security system for condoms and other family planning commodities; improving the leadership and management and behavior change communication capacity of the Ministry of Public Health and Population; and working with two local partners to strengthen the HIV program capacity in Cité Soleil.
Through the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM), a nonprofit organization established in 2005 by JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) and MSH to procure and distribute essential medicines and supplies, MSH is working with government partners in Haiti to deliver commodities to AIDS treatment sites and to improve storage and distribution practices at AIDS treatment and care sites. The goal is to provide health care workers with the assurance of a continuous supply of medicines.