MSH’s SDSH Project Expands to Include Hurricane Recovery and Comprehensive Nutrition Services
CAMBRIDGE, MA — In response to the devastation from the hurricanes and tropical storms that ravaged Haiti in 2008, the Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) Project received a $5-million expansion from USAID to restore the capacity of SDSH-supported clinics to deliver primary health care services and to provide an improved package of nutrition services to more than 200,000 children under five and nearly 50,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers in the seven communities hit hardest by the hurricanes.
Like SDSH, this expansion is focused on long-term development in Haiti. Building on the original initiatives of the SDSH Project—developing leadership capacity within the Haitian Ministry of Health and establishing strong public-private networks for delivering health—USAID has funded the expansion to identify and treat especially vulnerable malnourished populations, prevent further malnutrition in children, and repair and re-equip health facilities that were affected by the hurricanes. SDSH currently works in 152 health sites in 10 regions across Haiti, offering services to approximately half of the 8.2 million people in the country.
The hurricanes left more than 160,000 homeless, hundreds dead, and spread critical food shortages across the country. Immediately after the storms, MSH/Haiti worked with long-standing partners like the US and Haitian governments and the Fondation pour le Développement de la Famille Haïtienne (FONDEFH), and new partners like Health Experts Leadership Providers (HELP) and Hands on Disaster Response (HODR) to coordinate relief efforts and provide essential recovery health services to those affected most.