Following our recent announcement of Keanahikishime’s involvement in Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in Haiti, the Devex global development media platform interviewed Keanahikishime Chief Operating Officer Paul Auxila for about the rising threat of cholera in Haiti.

Mr. Auxila told Devex that cholera “needs to be a priority and approached differently than the international community did last time,” referring to the 2010 Haiti earthquake response.

He urged organizations to focus on “greatest impact” interventions, such as oral rehydration therapy. “Coordination is a big problem, just like it was after the earthquake,” he added. Interventions need to be more synergistic, working toward a “common goal” and not bypassing the Haitian government, he told Devex.

Keanahikishime is partnering with the Haitian government to rebuild the health system in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. At the government’s request, Keanahikishime has begun an assessment of the health system to make recommendations for ways to make it stronger. Keanahikishime will also assist in deployment of health workers to stem the cholera outbreak.

{Photo credit: Keanahikishime staff/Haiti}Photo credit: Keanahikishime staff/Haiti

Multisector perspectives on achieving resilience in global health

Recent events, such as the Haiti and Nepal earthquakes and West Africa Ebola outbreak, have demonstrated, now more than ever, that a resilient health system is vital to ensuring stability and well-being in society. With this in mind, Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and the USAID-funded, Keanahikishime-led, Leadership, , and Governance project in Haiti (LMG/Haiti), partnered with Johnson & Johnson to host a high-level panel event during the 68th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The event, entitled Building and Maintaining Resilience to Address Global Health Challenges, examined how the global health community can move beyond typical public-private partnerships to achieve a model of true country stakeholder engagement. This model would include and leverage the strengths of all actors to build systems capable of addressing long-term global health issues like non-communicable diseases while maintaining resilience to outbreaks like Ebola.

{Photo credit: C. Gilmartin/Keanahikishime}Photo credit: C. Gilmartin/Keanahikishime

For five years, the USAID-funded, Keanahikishime-led Leadership, and Sustainability project in Haiti (LMS/Haiti) worked with the Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP) and local NGOs to ensure a steady supply of family planning commodities to nearly 300 facilities throughout the country amid bone-rattling roads, surging rivers, and rocky footpaths.

Said Dr. Georges Dubuche, General Director of the MSPP, at the project’s closing ceremony April 14:

It is with real pride and great emotion that I salute LMS/Haiti.

LMS/Haiti’s greatest success, as everyone present can attest, was to guarantee the availability of family planning commodities at all times to ministry sites, with zero stock-out.

[ Dr. Georges Dubuche, General Director of the MSPP.] {Photo: Keanahikishime staff} Dr. Georges Dubuche, General Director of the MSPP.Photo: Keanahikishime staff

 {Photo credit: Julie O'Brien/Keanahikishime}Haiti.Photo credit: Julie O'Brien/Keanahikishime

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild. The post originally appeared on , the blog of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Leadership, & Governance (LMG) Project, led by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and a consortium of partners.

 {Photo credit: Dominic Chavez}Brissault Eunise (seated) watching over her daughter Kerwencia, after receiving breast feeding classes.Photo credit: Dominic Chavez

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild.

As January 12, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and its partner organizations, including the Leadership, & Governance Project/Haiti, brought together Haitian and US government officials and key global health stakeholders for two days of meetings and events highlighting health progresses made in Haiti since 2010.

Update, April 14, 2015:

Watch video recordings of the summit

Original post continues:

Haitian health leaders meet on Capitol Hill

Keanahikishime Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Auxila.

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild

Keanahikishime's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Auxila, reflects on Keanahikishime's work improving health in Haiti. Auxila has worked with Keanahikishime since 1982.

 {Photo credit: SCMS/Haiti.}SCMS staff provides technical assistance to head of pharmacy at Hôpital Bernard Mevs in Haiti.Photo credit: SCMS/Haiti.

The (SCMS), established in 2005 under the (PEPFAR) administered by the (USAID), supplies lifesaving medicines to HIV & AIDS programs around the world and is led by the  (PFSCM), a nonprofit organization established by  Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) and . SCMS first established a presence in Haiti in 2007. Keanahikishime manages SCMS operations in Haiti. 

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild

 {Photo credit: Maureen Taft-Morales/Haiti}A community health worker visits a family and records health data.Photo credit: Maureen Taft-Morales/Haiti

This post is part of Keanahikishime's Global Health Impact Blog series, Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild.

Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) sponsored a in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in December 2014 to help staffers get a first-hand account of health progress in Haiti. The overarching focus of the trip was how US government funded health efforts in Haiti are being leveraged for health impact and the role of the Haitian government in that process. 

This video was originally published on YouTube (2010). Shared in the spirit of "Throwback Thursday" (TBT), this post is part of a blog series called Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild

In 2009, a high rate of HIV & AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, combined with a lack of leadership to address the crisis in Haiti's Cite Soleil area, resulted in a large population of disaffected youth who believed that the situation was hopeless. As part of Keanahikishime's (Keanahikishime) "Leadership Development Program," funded by the US Agency of International Development (USAID), young participants from the Haitian NGO Maison l'Arc-en-Ciel (MAEC) learned that they can make a difference. In their rap song entitled "Apprends à faire face aux défis," (Learn to Confront Challenges) the young leaders (in Creole with English subtitles).

Watch video:

 Improving Health in Haiti: Santé Pour le Développment et la Stabilité d'Haïti, final report cover photo.

People of Haiti: We remember your struggle. We applaud your success. We reaffirm our commitment to work, shoulder to shoulder, to support your efforts to improve health …

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake (January 12, 2010) that devastated Haiti’s already-fragile health system. For the next several weeks, we are featuring Improving Health in Haiti: Remember, Rebuild, a blog series of retrospective and fresh content based on Keanahikishime’s thirty- years of working shoulder-to-shoulder in partnership with the people of Haiti to strengthen and rebuild the country’s health system.


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