Haiti: Building Back Better
CDC Foundation, CDC and Donors Partner to Strengthen Haiti’s Public Health Infrastructure
The CDC Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population or MSPP) and the U.S. Embassy in Haiti are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 25 for two new public health buildings in Port-au-Prince. These buildings were funded by more than $3.2 million in donations by CDC Foundation partners.
Since Haiti’s devastating earthquake, staff in Haiti’s MSPP has been working from temporary buildings. Two new buildings designed to provide a longer-term infrastructure solution for Haiti’s MSPP have been constructed through a partnership established by the CDC Foundation.
One building replaces the MSPP facility destroyed in the earthquake. This building will serve as a central office from which all public health activities will be managed in Haiti by Dr. Florence Guillaume, Minister of Public Health and Population, and her staff. The second building for MSPP’s Division of Epidemiology, Laboratory and Research (Direction d’Epidémiologie, de Laboratoire et de Recherches or DELR) is located in the National Public Health Laboratory (Laboratoire National de Santé Publique) complex. This second building will house a portion of MSPP’s surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory staff and CDC’s staff in Haiti, who are now working side-by-side in the country. Learn More
The building for Haiti’s DELR and CDC staff was funded by contributions from the GE Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kaiser Permanente provided funding for the MSPP central office. In-kind contributions were provided by Proteus On-Demand to increase the size of the MSPP building and make enhancements within the facility. Medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), which last year donated syringes and other supplies for a national measles and rubella immunization campaign in Haiti, will also be recognized at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Learn More
About Public Health Advances in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake