Recap: Day 2 – December 15

The delegates started the second day of the trip bright and early with a visit to the Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) project where they accompanied a community health worker (CHW) on her home visits around Calebasse. While on these visits, the delegates learned more about the SSQH project and the CHW’s work as she weighed babies, dispensed vaccines, and provided medical advice to families. The SSQH project is Haiti’s largest health service delivery program, funded by USAID and in partnership with nonprofits and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP). It delivers essential health services to the central and southern regions of Haiti.

The delegates observe the CHW as she provides essential health services during a home visit in Calebasse, Haiti. Photo credit: Crystal Lander/MSH.

The delegates observe the CHW as she provides essential health services during a home visit in Calebasse, Haiti. Photo credit: Crystal Lander/MSH.

After the visit, the delegates met with USAID/Haiti global health staff to learn more about USAID/Haiti’s health projects and the advancements made in Haiti’s development since the 2010 earthquake. During this meeting the delegates met with staff from the Haiti Health Infrastructure Program (HHIP), which reconstructs, renovates, and equips major MSPP facilities and facilities in the US Government development corridors.

Before attending a special dinner and discussion event, the delegates viewed different locations around Port-au-Prince where tent city settlements were once located. These former tent city locations, which are now transitioning back to being parks and common spaces in the city, demonstrate the progress made in Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction as the tenants have been able to resettle into permanent housing.

The day concluded with a dinner and discussion on the big picture of Haiti’s development agenda with USAID/Haiti Office Chiefs and MSH staff.

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