Haiti: Our Impact

As a long-standing implementer and advocate of maternal and child health services around the world, MSH is excited to participate in the second Women Deliver conference this week in Washington, DC. MSH has promoted equal access to health care for women by strengthening health systems for almost four decades. “MSH improves services that directly affect women— maternal and child health, family planning, HIV & AIDS—through the integration of those services, enabling more accessible and efficient care for entire communities.

In the most recent issue of the Journal of International Peace Operations, Paul Auxila, MSH’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, calls for “sustainable development, beyond humanitarian assistance and reconstruction.” Before the earthquake, the government of Haiti was making significant progress to improve the quality of and access to health services. In “A Healthy Future for Haiti: The Health System Provides a Useful Case Study for Haiti’s Reconstruction,” Mr.

On the eve of the International Donors' Conference Towards a New Future in Haiti to be held in New York on March 31, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), urged donors to consider a successful two-pronged development approach that has led to improved health in Haiti."The two-pronged approach is grounded in the principle that the Haitian government must ultimately lead the process but also work together in partnership with NGOs and the private sector," said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSH.

The earthquake on January 12, 2010 left the central medical stores for the government of Haiti, known as PROMESS (Program on Essential Medicine and Supplies), damaged and the distribution systems bottlenecked.  As emergency relief supplies arrived in Haiti, PROMESS' systems were unable to manage the large volume of incoming supplies coupled with the urgent demand for additional drugs and medical supplies.PROMESS is managed on behalf of the Haitian Ministry of Health by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Florence Guillaume speaking at Health of Haiti event, Washington, DCOn the day of the earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Florence Guillaume and her colleagues were planning for a Haiti Success Fair in Port-au-Prince that was to be held a week later on January 21-22 and to be opened by President Preval. The fair did not happen and Dr.

Ernancy Bien-Aimé, with her arm in a cast, continues to advocate for health services in Haiti. Photo Credit: MSH StaffIn October 2009, Ernancy Bien-Aimé was eager to address health challenges within her community of Cité Soleil, Haiti.  She had just finished a USAID-funded Leadership Development Program (LDP) targeted to youth.

MSH’s SDSH project (Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti—Pwojé Djanm), funded by the United States Agency for International AID (USAID), recently conducted an initial assessment of health facilities in Port-au-Prince. As a result, community-based agents are mobilized and local partners working with SDSH are again providing services to support child health, reproductive health, and the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, primarily HIV and tuberculosis, in 11 areas in the Port-au-Prince vicinity.

Despite the many challenges of working in Haiti following the January 12 earthquake, MSH’s Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) program distributed more than 1 million family planning commodities in the month following the disaster. This included over 1.2 million condoms; 44,000 oral contraceptives; 33,200 injectable methods; and 100 implants. During the distribution, LMS carried out site evaluations throughout the country to ensure that it was still possible to manage the products according to established standards for US Government-supported health sites.

After hearing reports that the Hôpital de la Communauté Haitienne  (HCH) in Port au Prince was struggling to care for the surge of victims arriving in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, Annouck Hudicort, a contracts officer with the MSH’s SDSH project Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) Project—Pwojé Djanm) in Haiti, and her family decided immediately “to go help at the hospital—in any we could see fit.”Annouck’s sister-in-law Brigitte, a

MSH is teaming up with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the global nonprofit health development organization to respond to the relief effort in Haiti.The IRC and MSH previously worked together in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake and in Southern Sudan, to restore the health system following the end of the 20-year civil war there.The joint IRC-MSH efforts in Haiti will focus on displaced people and on communities that were hit hard by the January 12 earthquake, as well as communities that are hosting homeless victims of the disaster.

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