Supporting Haiti's Health Strategy

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On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, I joined Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to sign into effect the Partnership Framework to support Haiti's Health Strategy between the Government of Haiti (GOH) and the Government of the United States of America (USG). During my three years as Ambassador to Haiti, I have admired the Haitian population's courage, overcoming enormous difficulties while taking charge of their future, despite facing many challenges. The signing of this Partnership Framework, which promotes mutual accountability and sustainability, is an important milestone that demonstrates Haiti's political will to begin taking responsibility for the reconstruction and reform of its healthcare system, an issue that is central to its development. It also reaffirms our commitment to work with the GOH to provide resources over the next five years to support the reconstruction of the Haitian health system, and ensures that these resources are aligned with the Haitian government's plans, national guidelines, and priorities.

The purpose of this Partnership Framework is to refocus the cooperation between the USG and GOH, and their respective partners, to support Haiti's efforts to improve its health system and to reach the Millennium Development Goals, including promoting maternal and child health, and reinforcing the fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. These goals will be achieved through technical assistance, support for service delivery, policy reform, and coordinated financial investments.

Aligned with the principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), this Partnership Framework promotes a new business model to deliver its dual objectives of achieving significant health improvements and creating an effective, efficient, and country-led platform for the sustainable delivery of essential health care and public health programs. The signing of this agreement illustrates that the USG has established a new way of working with the GOH on health issues, as the Haitian government begins to take greater ownership of its health program.

The Partnership Framework aims to advance the GOH's ownership and oversight of an adaptable and self-correcting public health system in Haiti, and to reduce its dependence, over time, on donor support. At the end of the five-year period in 2017, we expect improvements in maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and care for disabilities, and that the GOH will have made significant strides toward assuming primary responsibility for the management and performance monitoring of the overall health system, as well as increasing its financial support.

I was honored to be joined at the signing ceremony by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, GHI Executive Director Lois Quam, and Dr. Florence Guillaume, Haiti's Minister of Public Health and Population. Together, we are happy to stand alongside the Haitian people to help the Haitian government achieve its objectives of providing an essential package of health services to every Haitian; reducing maternal and child mortality; combating infectious diseases, such as HIV / AIDS, cholera, and filariasis; and improving the lives and health outcomes of women, children, and vulnerable populations. As I conclude my assignment in Haiti, I leave with the firm conviction that signing this agreement lays the groundwork for a successful collaboration to achieve our shared goal of lasting welfare for the Haitian people.



Rev. R.
United States
August 15, 2012

John in Kentucky writes:

Dear Mr.Kenneth H. Merten Ambassador to Haiti,

I have been to the country of Haiti several time before and after the floods/Hurricanes/earthquake. I have seen a lot that has been in a temperary nature. There still is lacking in good sanitation and clean water. When I visit with our Missionary team we always make sure we have food to give to the people we visit, I have been not only in the cities but also the country side and It seems like the goverment doesn't always have food for the people, food is in the government warehouses but not available to the people. Please tell me how can the people get food when the government is passing it out in the different areas. you know as well as I do that most of these people are destitued and in dire need of the basic human needs. I help to feed about 37 children plus in an ophanage on a monthly basics but that is just a faction of what is there in Haiti. Please note many of the children that are in the ophanages, not counting the ones that are in Catholic ophanages are sure lacking food. The Catholic Church will not feed those outside the church. It is a shameful day when the peoples government can't take care of their own people. Please let me know what your office is or will be doing in the very near future to answer my e-mail. I have been helping folks there for the last five years.

I am in Rep Ed Whitfield Dist. in the fine state of Kentucky.

Thank you for your help,

Rev. John A. R.

April 16, 2013

thiana writes:

hey hello my name is thiana people call me tie I am Haitian and doing a project about Haiti's health and welfare may you help me a little bit john in kentucky


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