Haiti: Our Impact

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.

The Supply Chain Management System’s (SCMS) dedicated staff in Haiti has now distributed kits of medicines and other medical supplies from existing stock in the project warehouse to 16 hospitals and 14 clinical sites in Port-au-Prince.  As of January 19, more than 40,000 pounds (18,000kg) of medicines and emergency medical supplies from warehouse stock had been distributed.

The Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)'s dedicated staff in Haiti is distributing kits of medicines and other medical supplies from existing stock in the project warehouse to 14 hospitals in Port-au-Prince. Our team is also focusing on preventing interruption in medications used for antiretroviral therapy (ART).The staff had helped treat the wounded immediately after the earthquake.

If you have or are looking for information on MSH staff, please contact: 617.250.9500 or haitiinfo@msh.org.If looking for US citizens in Haiti, contact the US State Department: 888-407-4747.If you would like to donate to earthquake relief, please visit: www.redcross.org or www.savethechildren.org.A strong earthquake, registering at a magnitude 7.0, struck Haiti yesterday evening ten miles southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, devastating the city and surrounding areas. Casualties are reported in the thousands.

With a goal of reaching up to 700,000 children under 15, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is joining efforts with several partners to support the Haitian Ministry of Health, which launches a deworming program at the start of every school year. In health sites and schools near sites supported by MSH’s USAID-funded, Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haiti (SDSH) project, service providers will administer an initial dose of mebendazole to children to be followed four to six months later by a second dose.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) leaders in performance-based financing (PBF) of health services shared their successful experiences from Haiti and Rwanda in a new book from the Center for Global Development, Performance Incentives for Global Health: Potential and Pitfalls.The Haiti team, writing about scaling up a performance incentive model through a network of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), found that rewarding NGOs for increasing access to a package of basic services and paying them for achieving performance targets resulted in significant increases in essential services such as

Preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV remains a challenge in Haiti since most institutions providing maternal health care are not equipped to perform deliveries. (A key drug to prevent the transmission of HIV is administered during labor and delivery.) In the North Department, a USAID-funded clinic helps HIV-positive pregnant women receive the full package of services that their status requires.The story of Guise Paulne’s (name changed to protect her privacy) illu-strates the success of these efforts.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — In response to the devastation from the hurricanes and tropical storms that ravaged Haiti in 2008, the Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) Project received a $5-million expansion from USAID to restore the capacity of SDSH-supported clinics to deliver primary health care services and to provide an improved package of nutrition services to more than 200,000 children under five and nearly 50,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers in the seven communities hit hardest by the hurricanes.

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.


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