Aaron Rossi, USAID
Haiti reports some of the world’s worst health indicators and these numbers reflect a reality, which continues to inhibit citizens’ full participation in the development of a prosperous and stable nation. While Haiti has struggled with poor health outcomes for generations, the already weak health system was further debilitated by the 2010 earthquake, which demolished 50 health centers, part of Haiti’s primary teaching hospital, and the Ministry of Health. Only months later, Haiti’s health care network was further tried by the country’s first cholera outbreak in a century.
USAID Strategy and Activities
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is heavily invested in meeting the immediate health needs of Haitians today while working with the Haitian government to build long-term solutions to chronic health challenges affecting the nation. USAID’s robust health portfolio aims to both improve access to quality health services and strengthen the health system nationwide, with a particular focus on three key departments – the North, West, and Artibonite. USAID health programs are further bolstered by sizeable investments being made to rebuild Haiti’s health infrastructure. With USAID assistance, the Haitian government is taking meaningful steps toward full stewardship of its health sector and fully managing a sustainable system of private and public financing to cover operational costs and to grow a network of public healthcare facilities.
Health services delivery: USAID support is increasing access to essential primary health, nutrition and family planning, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis services to underserved communities. Currently, USAID supports 164 health facilities that provide access to primary health care services for nearly half of the population.
Health systems strengthening: To ensure sustainability of these investments, efforts are underway to build needed leadership, managerial and administrative skills within the Ministry of Health. These leaderships and management skills will improve oversight and allow the GOH to manage healthcare assets more transparently and effectively.
Improving services and focused support for persons with disabilities: USAID health activities increase access to quality services for persons with disabilities by establishing systems and programs within key Health Ministry units and NGOs to ensure that government and civil society have the capacity to provide care, rehabilitation and support for their reintegration into society.
Rebuilding public health infrastructure: Working alongside other international donors, USAID is helping to rebuild Haiti’s primary public tertiary and teaching hospital (the General University Hospital), to construct a new maternity ward at St. Justinien Hospital in Cap Haitien, and to reconstruct the National Campus of Health Sciences. Additionally, USAID is renovating 12 smaller health care centers and schools, improving infrastructure and accessibility for people with disabilities.
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Last updated: April 21, 2016