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Mirebalais University Hospital, about two hours north of Port-au-Prince, is the primary health care provider for 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two adjoining communities. (Photo: BWH Global Health Hub)

Haiti’s health services get US$27-M boost from IDB

Mirebalais University Hospital, about two hours north of Port-au-Prince, is the primary health care provider for 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two adjoining communities. (Photo: BWH Global Health Hub)

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has redirected US$27 million from the non-disbursed balance of Haiti‘s current investment portfolio, the IDB Special Donation Fund, to aid the French-speaking country’s public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With the reallocation of funds, the IDB aims to contain and control the coronavirus, and to reduce the burden the virus has placed on Haiti’s health services.

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Since the onset of the virus in the Caribbean, Haiti has confirmed 7,532 transmissions to date — the highest among Caribbean Community member states. According to CARICOM Today website, Haiti, at present has 2,529 confirmed active cases.

IDB is, therefore, intent on assisting the Haitian authorities to reduce COVID-19 mortality and morbidity rates and ease the indirect impact of the pandemic on health care in the country. To that end, it will concentrate on strengthening coordination at the national level, improving detection and monitoring of cases, supporting efforts to break the chain of transmission of the virus, and boosting Haiti’s capacity for providing health care.

View of a shanty town in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: Blockchain Land)

“Besides all this action aimed directly at containing and controlling the pandemic, the plan will emphasise maternal and child health care, including vaccination, and the fight against contagious diseases. This will allow for mitigating the strong negative impact of the pandemic on these services over the short and medium term, especially among the most vulnerable people in Haiti,” a release from the IDB explained. 

The IDB said that to ensure that the intervention does not impede the execution of measures already in place, it will be integrated into the national plan developed by the Health and Population Ministry and the Cross-Sector Pandemic Management Commission.

An aerial view of Haiti’s second-largest city, Cap Haitien. (Photo: Plan It Smarter)

“In this way, the intervention strategies in the IDB initiative are adapted to the Haitian context because they were proposed by the commission, which features broad representation from civil society in Haiti,” the bank said