Five Years after the Earthquake: Moving Forward for a Healthy Haiti

January 29, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room 345, Washington, DC

A one-day policy summit on the impact of US health investments in Haiti

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and partners are bringing together key global health stakeholders and Members of Congress and their staff for a day of knowledge exchange with local leaders, aid workers and civil society organizations who work in Haiti. Participants will engage in educational sessions on the impact of US investments in Haiti, including valuable lessons learned. Haitian government officials will present on locally-led efforts and next steps in their plans for a strong and sustainable national healthcare system, and congressional staff will present on their key takeaways from a recent study tour in Haiti.

Reception immediately to follow (details below).

Speakers/Special guests

  • Senior officials from the Haitian Ministry of Health
  • US Member(s) of Congress
  • Public and private sector leaders


8:30–9:00am - Registration

9:00–9:45am - Opening Remarks

Congressional Hosts

9:45–10:00am - Welcome & Summit Overview

Jonathan Quick, President & CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

10:00–10:55am - PANEL I: Framing Haiti

Panelists will give an overview of Haiti in order to provide a historical and political context for the country’s health system.


  • Karen Caldwell, Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project Director, MSH/Haiti


  • Uder Antoine, General Coordinator of the Management and Human Resources Office, Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Haiti

11:05–11:55am - PANEL II: Investing in Health as an Investment in Wealth: Why Financing Innovations Matter

In 2013, the World Bank published a paper suggesting that investments in health came before economic take off in many countries in Asia, with microeconomic evidence showing similar results in Africa. As Haiti positions itself for greater economic growth, it is time to explore innovative financing solutions while also building on proven mechanisms to strengthen the health system. Partners on this panel will share lessons from current programs and their vision for new financing approaches that link health to wealth.


  • Joia S. Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer, Partners In Health


  • Susanna Baker, Deputy Health Office Chief, USAID/Haiti

  • Alix Cantave, Lead Haiti Program Officer, Kellogg Foundation

  • Olivier Inginda, ‎Results-Based Financing Principal Technical Advisor, MSH Haiti

  • Pierre Noel, Haiti Fund Director, Haiti Boston Fund

  • Sunil Rajkumar, Senior Economist for Health, World Bank

12:10–12:40pm - Lunch

12:40–1:10pm - SPECIAL SESSION: Insights from Hill Staffers’ recent Haiti visit

In December 2014, a group of Congressional staff participated in a four day study tour to Haiti to learn more about US government funded health efforts in Haiti and the role of the Haitian government in managing donor and partner engagement on health issues in the country. The staffers will discuss their trip highlights, key takeaways, and lessons learned.


  • Annie Toro, Senior Advisor Global Health Policy and Advocacy, International Medical Corps


  • Adam J. Abramson, Legislative Correspondent, Office of Rep. Yvette Clarke (D- NY)
  • Jean Roseme, Legislative Correspondent, Grants Coordinator, and Haiti Special Advisor, Office of Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
  • Maureen Taft-Morales, Specialist in Latin American Affairs, Congressional Research Service (CRS)
  • Lee Whack, Communications Director, Office of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D- IL)

1:25–2:15pm - PANEL III: From the Ground in Haiti

Health experts working locally in Haiti will discuss the state of health in Haiti and how diverse non-governmental partners are engaged in improving health and overcoming emerging challenges.


  • Purnima Mane, President & CEO, Pathfinder


  • Karine Duverger, Chief of Party, Health Through Walls, Inc.
  • Jean Max Leilo Joseph, Technical Director, Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti Project Director, Pathfinder International
  • Michele Russell, Supervisory Health Officer/Office Chief, USAID/Haiti
  • Tisna Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Senior Vice President of International Development Group, URC

2:30–3:30pm - PANEL IV: Next Steps: Prescriptions for the Way Forward

This high-level panel of representatives from the Haitian government, US government, NGO, private sector and Haitian diaspora communities will share highlights of their respective plans for continuing to help Haiti develop politically, socially and economically in the coming year.


  • Lindsay Coates, Acting President & CEO, InterAction


  • The Honorable Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, Minister of Public Health and Population, Republic of Haiti
  • Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC), USAID
  • Maryse Pénette-Kedar, President, PRODEV: Progress and Development Through Education Foundation, and Senior Consultant, Royal Caribbean

3:30–4:00pm - Closing Remarks

Jimmy Jean-Louis, Founder/President, Hollywood Unites for Haiti

Reception to follow at 4:30pm at the Phoenix Park Hotel (across from Union Station)