Haiti: Our Impact

About 60,000 children from 229 schools in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, now have access to clean water, thanks to the Clean Water for Haiti Project designed by Pure Water for the World (http://www.purewaterfortheworld.org) and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and funded by USAID, Rotary International, and the Safe Water Institute. These children have access to both this potable water and an education and thus can bring water and messages about the importance of clean water and hygiene home to their families—a key strategy employed by the project.

Wagner (not his real name), an HIV-positive father of two, was direly ill in late 2007 but now is thriving thanks to the commitment and creativity of the staff at MSH-supported Mont Organisé and Fort-Liberté health facilities in northeastern Haiti. Staff at the Mont Organisé voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) center informed Wagner of his status in 2007.

“Jean-Marie” (back to camera) confides in journalist Hans Mars (facing the camera) during the inauguration of the new ART site in the Haitian town of Ouanaminthe. Jean-Marie (real name withheld) kept a low profile at the celebration, but the opening of a new building at the health center in his home town of Ouanaminthe in northeast Haiti was changing his life for the better. The new site offers antiretroviral treatment (ART) for AIDS.

In the midst of Cité Soleil, one of the poorest slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, malnourished children and their needy mothers find safe haven at the Rosalie Rendu Center for Nutrition and Health, run by Saint Vincent de Paul nuns and supported by the MSH-implemented Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) Project .

CAMBRIDGE, MA — A series of presentations outlining Management Sciences for Health’s successful work across the spectrum of HIV & AIDS programs was showcased at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City beginning August 4th, 2008. John Pollock, Health Service Delivery Country Lead, and Dr. Gyuri Fritsche, Performance-based Financing Technical Director, discussed MSH’s groundbreaking results in performance-based contracting and how it has impacted the area of HIV & AIDS prevention, treatment, and care. Mr.

MSH’s development of a public-private partnership in Haiti has led to “dramatic improvements in health indicators,” as David Adams reported in the Miami Herald.

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.

There is growing recognition that health plays a key role in stabilizing and rebuilding the world’s most troubled nations—those that have been ravaged by years of conflict, disease, poverty, and natural disasters.In times of crisis, health systems are battered by violence, poor governance, lack of funding, and loss of infrastructure. Where people no longer have access to adequate health services, mortality and morbidity rates increase dramatically.At MSH we believe that, despite the challenges, societies can move forward and health can be made a top priority.

Access to condoms to prevent HIV transmission, test kits to detect HIV infection, and medicines to treat HIV-positive individuals is often severely limited in countries with weak pharmaceutical management systems. To address such limitations, countries need to implement plans to assure proper purchase, storage, distribution, and use of medicines and health commodities, while establishing sound information management systems.In Haiti, the country with the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the western hemisphere, thousands of HIV-infected individuals are without treatment.

Burdened with the worst AIDS epidemic in the western hemisphere, severe poverty, and political upheaval, Haiti is trying to meet the urgent need for expanded HIV/AIDS services.

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