Haiti: Our Impact

{Photo credit: Rachel Hassinger/MSH}Photo credit: Rachel Hassinger/MSH

MSH spoke with Sandra Guerrier, Ph, MSc, project director for the USAID-funded Leadership, Management & Sustainability Project in Haiti (LMS Haiti)—one of four MSH projects in the country. Tell us about LMS and MSH’s presence in Haiti.

 {Photo credit: MSH}Pastor Chery (at left) congratulates a youth on completing the education sessions.Photo credit: MSH

In Haiti, the vast majority of taboos related to sexual and reproductive health come from the religious sector. Religious leaders' moral, social, and spiritual influence has often been a barrier for young people seeking information on reproductive health. Religious leaders have feared, sometimes rightly, that this information was contrary to their principles. This has left many young people vulnerable to the problems of teen pregnancy. Pastor Sadrac Chery, adviser to Haiti's Protestant Network of Churches, noted that the prevalence of teenage pregnancy in his community was worrisome.

The Management Sciences for Health (MSH) global team of over 2,300 people from more than 70 nations is commemorating World AIDS Day 2012 in over 30 country offices around the world, including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Haiti, and the United States.On World AIDS Day, MSH Nigeria, in collaboration with the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, Chevron, and Access Bank Plc, will be hosting a launch of the award-winning film titled “INSIDE STORY: The Science of HIV/AIDS” in Lagos, Nigeria.

SDSH staff, Dr. Emmanuel Fils Salnave and Michaelle Chérisson meet with Gabriel for his first HIV counseling session. Gabriel is the first HIV-positive patient that this health center enrolled in an antiretroviral treatment program. {Photo credit: Gumy Dorvilmar/MSH.}Photo credit: Gumy Dorvilmar/MSH.

The USAID-funded project, Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH), implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), recently opened an antiretroviral (ARV) center in southern Haiti. The launch of this center took place in the presence of the local director of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jean Bernard Février, and the USAID representative, Mr. Clint Cavanaugh.The new center will increase HIV prevention services and access to counseling and antiretroviral treatment (ART) for people living with HIV.

Left to Right: Annick Supplice Dupuy, Deputy Director for Haiti, Population Services International and Diana Silimperi, Vice President, Center for Health Services, MSH (Photo credit: MSH) On Monday, January 30, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and partners held an event to observe the second anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti—one of the most devastating to ever hit the island.

Please join the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Global Health Council, Management Sciences for Health, Population Services International, and United Nations Population Fund for an event in commemoration of the two year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.This event will be aimed at highlighting the progress in health for women and children in Haiti since the disaster occurred and communicate how Haitian and U.S.

Media Advisory Media Contact:Carol Miller, Management Sciences for Health   cmiller@msh.orgPress Teleconference: Challenges and Successes of Building Strong Health Systems in Fragile States   What’s working in South Sudan, Afghanistan and HaitiWednesday, June 8, 2011; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Washington, DC − InterAction and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) along with FedEx organized an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the first year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed an estimated three hundred thousands people.

Promotion of health for all is critical to fulfilling the commitment to the right to health. Haiti recognized the need to reform its health sector as one means of promoting a more equitable society that provides basic human rights for its citizens, and set about to reform its health system to better address essential health needs nearly a decade ago.

(Cambridge, MA) January 12, 2011 marks the first anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. MSH’s Haitian health experts will speak at two Washington, D.C. events discussing recovery efforts, policy, and long-term development.MSH staff  were part of the immediate response, tending to the wounded and delivering medicines, including antiretrovirals to area hospitals.


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