MSH, Haitian Medical Association, and Haitian Ministry of Public Health Partner to Accept 15 Anesthesia Machines from Mercy Hospital of Florida
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Haitian Medical Association (AMH), and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) officially partnered to initiate the donation of 15 anesthesia machines from Mercy Hospital of Florida. The machines, worth US$280,000, were accepted on behalf of the AMH and transported by MSH’s Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) project to the MSPP. The Ministry, in turn, guaranteed equitable distribution of the machines throughout the country and pledged to appoint a commission mandated to oversee functioning and proper maintenance of the equipment.
The partnership was led by Dr. Saidel Lainé, a long-term associate of Mercy Hospital and former president of the AMH. At the ceremony commemorating the donation, he was accompanied by Dr. Claude Suréna, the current AMH president; Dr. Florence Guillaume, SDSH’s Deputy Chief of Party; Dr. Salomon Imiak, Chief of Anesthesiology of Mercy Hospital Florida; and Dr. Hans Muller Thomas, Executive Director for the Management Board of the State University Hospital. Dr. Gabriel Thimothé, Director General of the Ministry of Health, presided over the ceremony.
Dr. Guillaume emphasized the importance of USAID’s encouragement of the private sector to sustain public health programs run by MSH over the past 13 years in Haiti. Twenty percent of MSH’s SDSH project is supported by the private sector. With USAID as the project’s primary funder, SDSH offers an integrated package of priority health services to approximately 50% of the more than eight million people living in Haiti.
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