Haiti

MSH has worked in all 10 geographic departments of the country, building the capacity of local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the Government of Haiti to deliver improved health services. Our activities include strengthening the leadership and management skills of Haiti’s Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP); delivering quality family planning services; and supporting the national HIV and AIDS program to training local NGOs on human resource management, information systems, performance-based financing, and supply chain management.

Highlights:

  • The USAID-funded Health Leadership Program (HLP) supports the Haitian government’s efforts to build an optimal health system that is accessible, accountable, affordable, and self-reliant. MSH leads the program in collaboration with local organizations, with a focus on health financing and human resources for health, while strengthening local leadership and transitioning ownership to the Haitian government early in the program. A critical element of HLP will be preparing local partners to receive direct USAID funding assistance at the end of the second year and to be responsible for achieving HLP objectives.

  • MSH is supporting the MSPP to roll out the result-based financing (RBF) model under Haiti’s World Bank-financed Integrated Social Services for Improved Maternal and Infant Health project. MSH and partners FOSREF and GCC support 123 health facilities across four target departments to reinforce the capacity of health personnel through the use of the RBF program to improve access to and quality and availability of health services.

  • MSH supported local leaders in establishing and distributing a package of essential health services that set standards of care, defined the roles and responsibilities of health care facilities and providers, and established a new paradigm for health care in Haiti.

  • MSH’s work to support the Ministry of Health’s management of quality medicines included operating the most reliable and sophisticated supply chain in Haiti, including a 21,500 square foot, state-of-the-art warehouse, and delivering HIV commodities to more than 170 USAID-supported sites. From October 2013 to September 2014, programs helped test nearly one million people for HIV, and as of September 2014, more than 43,300 people living with AIDS were on antiretroviral therapy.

  • From 2007 to 2013, MSH-led maternal and child health programs ensured that
    • More than one million people, including 350,000 pregnant women, received HIV tests and learned their status
    • More than 4,200 pregnant women who tested positive for HIV received antiretroviral therapy to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies
    • More than 13,000 women each year delivered their children with assistance from a facility-based provider
    • Nearly 300,000 women were visited at home by a skilled attendant within 72 hours of giving birth
    • The percentage of pregnant women with birth plans rose from 10 to 92% in four years
    • More than half a million children each year received nutrition services, and more than 710,000 infants received full immunization coverage
  • MSH played a critical role in response to the devastating 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haiti:

    • Within 48 hours, MSH teams, supported by USAID/Haiti, began shipping emergency supplies to health facilities hit hardest by the disaster. Within 10 days, they had restarted regular distribution of antiretroviral therapy supplies to all treatment sites, providing uninterrupted antiretroviral therapy services.

    • Within a month of the earthquake, MSH teams distributed more than one million condoms, and within four months, had more than doubled monthly condom distribution. Between January 2010 and December 2014, with support from the Ministry of Health, MSH ensured that nearly 300 USAID-supported family planning sites and Ministry warehouses were continually supplied with a wide range of contraceptives.

    • MSH worked with the Ministry of Health and other partners to launch a two-pronged approach that trained more than 6,500 health providers to respond to the cholera outbreak, coordinate their response through treatment centers, and reactivated nearly 400 health kiosks containing preventive materials and information in tent settlements for displaced people.

    • In the four years following the earthquake, MSH programs helped nearly 300 USAID-supported family planning sites and Ministry warehouses continually offer a wide range of contraceptives, including more than 140 million condoms; 3.9 million Depo Provera injections; 3 million cycles of contraceptive pills; 30,000 implants; 400 intrauterine devices; and 2,700 cycle beads.

    • A massive influx of unusable drugs from international donors led to the rapid accumulation of pharmaceutical waste. MSH programs assumed a leading role within the Haitian pharmaceutical waste management program. As of December 2014, the program had collected and stored approximately 100 tons of pharmaceutical waste from 155 health institutions.

Our Projects

Project Name Health Systems Health Areas Date
Integrated Social Services for Improved Maternal and Infant Health project Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health, Malaria 2016 - 2019
Health Leadership Program Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services 2019 - 2024
Grant Management Solutions
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria 2012 - 2017
Supply Chain Management System
Completed
Pharmaceutical Management HIV & AIDS 2006 - 2016
Leadership, Management & Sustainability Project in Haiti
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS January 01, 2010 - March 15, 2015
Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haiti
Completed
HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis 2012 - 2013
Leadership Management and Governance Project in Haiti
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria 2012 - 2017

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