Media Advisory - 5 Years after the Earthquake: Moving Forward for a Healthy Haiti

A Special One-Day Policy Summit on the Impact of US Health Investments in Haiti

DATE -- Thursday, January 29, 2015 

CONTACT -- Burt Edwards, InterAction:  202.552.6554 (office) or 703.861.8237 (cell) or bedwards@interaction.org

WHAT – Five years ago, Haiti was rocked by a series of devastating earthquakes. Yet, despite initial setbacks, the UN has seen important progress in health indicators, including significant reductions in maternal and infant mortality rates. On Thursday, January 29, InterAction, Management Sciences for Health, International Medical Corps, Partners in Health, Pathfinder and USAID/Haiti will host a special one-day policy summit on the impact of U.S. health investments in Haiti. The summit will bring together key global health stakeholders, members of Congress and their staff for a day of knowledge exchange with local leaders, aid workers and civil society organizations that work in Haiti.

WHERE -- Cannon Caucus Room 345, Cannon House Office Building

Press RSVPs can be sent to bedwards@interaction.org. Please include your name, outlet and phone.  (Please Note: For any television, radio, multimedia or other members of the press with special coverage or set-up needs, please be sure to add any logistical questions or needs in your RSVP.)

WHEN -- Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

OVERVIEW & FEATURED SPEAKERS – The summit will consist of series of panels and Q&A sessions. Panel discussions will include an examination by Haitian government officials on locally-led efforts and next steps in their plans for a strong and sustainable national healthcare system; a look at findings from a recent congressional study tour in Haiti; and an exploration of next steps and lessons learned over the past five years by government, NGO and private sector leaders.

Featured speakers will include:  

  • The Honorable Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, acting prime minister & minister of public health and population, Republic of Haiti
  • Elizabeth Hogan, acting assistant administrator, Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC), USAID
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ambassador at Large for Haiti 
  • Claire Pierre, MD, director, Program in Global Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change, Harvard Medical School

 

Full Agenda & Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m. -- Registration

9:00-9:45 a.m. -- Opening Remarks

  • Congressional Hosts

9:45-10:00 a.m. -- Welcome & Summit Overview

  • Featured Speaker:

Jonathan D. Quick, president & CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

10:00-10:55 a.m. -- PANEL I: A Frame for Understanding Health Care in Haiti

Panelists will give an overview of Haiti in order to provide a historical and political context for the country’s health system. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Karen Caldwell, project director, Leadership, Management & Governance Project Haiti (LMG/Haiti), MSH (moderator)
  • Uder Antoine, general coordinator, management and human resources office, Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Haiti
  • Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante speaker (to be determined)

11:05-11:55 a.m. -- PANEL II: Investing in Health is Investing in Wealth

In 2013, the World Bank published a paper suggesting that investments in health came before economic take off in many countries in Asia, with microeconomic evidence showing similar results in Africa. As Haiti positions itself for greater economic growth, it is time to explore innovative financing solutions while also building on proven mechanisms to strengthen the health system. Partners on this panel will share lessons from current programs and their vision for new financing approaches that link health to wealth.

Featured Speakers:

  • Claire Pierre, MD; director, Program in Global Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change, Harvard Medical School (moderator)
  • Susanna Baker, deputy health office chief, USAID/Haiti
  • Alix Cantave, program officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Olivier Inginda, senior director, health systems innovation & strategy, MSH Haiti
  • Pierre Noel, director, Haiti Fund, The Boston Foundation
  • Sunil Rajkumar, senior economist for health, World Bank 

12:10-12:40 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

12:40-1:10 p.m. -- SPECIAL SESSION: Insights from Hill Staffers’ Recent Haiti Visit

In December 2014, a group of Congressional staff participated in a four day study tour to Haiti to learn more about US government funded health efforts in Haiti and the role of the Haitian government in managing donor and partner engagement on health issues in the country. The staffers will discuss their trip highlights, key takeaways, and lessons learned. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Annie Toro, senior advisor, global health policy and advocacy, International Medical Corps (moderator)
  • Adam J. Abramson, legislative correspondent, Office of Rep. Yvette Clarke (D- NY)
  • Jean Roseme, legislative correspondent and Haiti special advisor, Office of Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
  • Lee Whack, communications director, Office of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D- IL)

1:25-2:15 p.m.-- PANEL III: From the Ground in Haiti

Health experts working locally in Haiti will discuss the state of health in Haiti and how diverse non-governmental partners are engaged in improving health and overcoming emerging challenges.

Featured Speakers:

  • Purnima Mane, president & CEO, Pathfinder (moderator)
  • Karine Duverger, chief of party, Health Through Walls, Inc.
  • Michele Russell, supervisory health officer & office chief, USAID/Haiti
  • Jean Max Leilo Joseph, technical director, Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti Project director, Pathfinder International
  • Tisna Veldhuijzen van Zanten, senior vice president, International Development Group, URC

2:30-3:30 p.m. -- PANEL IV: Next Steps: Prescriptions for the Way Forward

This high-level panel of representatives from the Haitian government, U.S. government, NGO and private sector will share highlights of their respective plans for continuing to help Haiti develop politically, socially and economically in the coming year. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Lindsay Coates, acting president & CEO, InterAction (moderator)
  • The Honorable Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, MD, minister of public health and population, Republic of Haiti
  • Elizabeth Hogan, acting assistant administrator, Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC), USAID
  • Maryse Pénette-Kedar, president, PRODEV: Progress and Development Through Education Foundation, and senior consultant,  Royal Caribbean

3:30p.m. -- CLOSING REMARKS

Featured Speaker:

  • Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ambassador at Large for Haiti 

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InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 180 members. Our members operate in every developing country, working with local communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their quality of life. Visit www.interaction.org

 

 

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