MSH Works with USAID and Haitian Ministry of Health to Sponsor a World AIDS Day Variety Show on National Television
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), USAID-Pwojè Djanm, and the Haitian Ministry of Health and Population have sponsored the preparation and recording of Spectacle de Variétés – Ruban Rouge, or Red Ribbon Variety Show, to support World AIDS Day 2007. The show featured numerous Haitian artists, performances, interviews, educational messages, and personal testimonials. The Spectacle de Variétés – Ruban Rouge was aired on Haitian national television on December 1.
Katia Cadet, Makarios Césaire, Déner Séїde, and Nadège Dugravil were among the international performers included in the event, but it was the work and dedication of world-famous Haitian singer James Germain that highlighted the production. Germain initiated and directed the project, while also coordinating and mobilizing the other contributing artists. The collaborating public sponsors, such as Air France, El Rancho Hotel, Plan Haiti, and Rigolo Communications of Miami, supported the program from the beginning.
The event symbolized the ever-growing awareness of AIDS across the world, spearheaded by many international organizations such as World AIDS Campaign and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). MSH contributed to World AIDS Day 2007 through a brief video presentation highlighting the themes of leadership and awareness.
The nation of Haiti has long struggled with violence, poverty, and lack of health care development, but change is taking place. Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID has contributed over $50 million in the past year, working to increase antiretroviral care and treatment and voluntary counseling and testing. MSH and USAID have initiated programs similar to these across the world in the hopes of raising awareness and ultimately ending the HIV & AIDS epidemic.