Haiti Earthquake: MSH Stands in Solidarity with Haitian People
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A strong earthquake, registering at a magnitude 7.0, struck Haiti yesterday evening ten miles southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, devastating the city and surrounding areas. Casualties are reported in the thousands. Buildings, including hospitals, have collapsed. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the Haitian people who have suffered great losses of life and destruction to their homes, businesses, and health centers. MSH stands in solidarity with our colleagues, local Haitian staff, and partners as they work to ensure that critical health services, including HIV services, are restored,” said Jonathan Quick, MD, MPH, MSH President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Communication in Haiti is very poor right now but MSH is in the process of contacting our local staff and partners,” said Dr. Quick. For over thirty years, MSH has been working in Haiti to improve the health of the Haitian people from the community level up to the Ministry of Health. It is currently implementing three USAID-funded projects in Haiti:
The SDSH (Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti Project–Pwojé Djanm) project 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.
The Leadership, Management, Sustainability (LMS) program in Haiti 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, a densely populated area of Port-au-Prince.
The Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project 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 needed to enroll new patients in antiretroviral treatment.