MSH and USAID to Continue to Improve the Health of Haiti's People

CAMBRIDGE, MA (SEPTEMBER 4, 2007)—The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has chosen MSH and its all-Haitian team to implement the three-year, $42.5-million Quality Basic Health Services (QBHS) Project in Haiti. QBHS builds on successes of the past 12 years to improve health services for the people of Haiti.

The QBHS Project is an MSH-led collaboration of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communications Programs (CCP), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), JHPIEGO, and Fondation pour la Santé Reproductrice et l'Education Familiale (FOSREF) with USAID, the Government of Haiti, local NGOs, community leaders, and the commercial private sector.

The QBHS team is focused on improving the health of vulnerable populations in Haiti by increasing the availability of essential social services, reducing internal conflict, enabling productive livelihoods that contribute to Haiti's economic growth and development, and building capacity as the foundation for progress.

During the past 12 years, MSH and its partners have proven that determination, flexibility, and strong relationships can achieve great things in spite of the decades of instability and poor governance that have constrained development in Haiti. Short-term successes will be critical in strengthening the Haitian government's legitimacy with the Haitian population, but the QBHS Project will continue to keep sight of sustainability and long-term change while strengthening the capacity of Haitian institutions. Together, MSH and its partners will use improvements in the health sector as a catalyst for greater social and political stability.

MSH and its partners will continue to support local service delivery NGOs by using performance-based contracts, a proven way to reinforce innovation and accountability; these NGOs will go on to become additional sources of technical assistance. The QBHS Project's focus will be on supporting decentralization, strengthening public-sector capacity in service delivery, and supporting local NGO service delivery by leveraging funding from the commercial sector and other donors.

MSH is deeply invested in Haiti and committed to improving the health status of the Haitian people. MSH and its partners believe that building the capacity of Haiti’s elected government partners to carry out management and leadership functions will help to foster a stable society, as the government partners are stewards of the national interest. USAID is also committed to supporting collaboration among community-based organizations, local government agencies, NGOs, and private commercial actors. As partners in Haiti, USAID and MSH will work to improve the stability in the whole society by improving conditions in targeted urban, conflict-vulnerable areas and the rural watersheds.