HIV/AIDS

Partners in Health Releases 2010 Annual Report

By Bryan Schaaf on Friday, November 19, 2010.

Partners in Health (PIH) is one of Haiti’s most important health oriented non governmental organizations, with a model based more on solidarity and human rights than on charity.  In addition to its development activities, PIH has at times been called on to be a humanitarian responder such as during both Gonaives floods and most recently the earthquake.  PIH also operates in Rwanda, Burundi, Lesotho, Russia, and numerous other countries.  Below are highlights from the PIH 2010 Annual Report, which include construction of the largest public hospital outside of Port au Prince, in the city of Mirebalais. Read more »

Recovery and Health Care in Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, August 15, 2010.

The credibility of any government is determined in large part by its capacity and willingness to provide basic services.  Health care can bring people together when there is equal access, or divide people when there is not.  Before and after the earthquake, quality health care in Haiti was/is primarily provided by non-governmental and international organizations (NGOs/IOs). The NGOs and IOs have been instrumental in keeping disease outbreaks at bay and access to health care for many residents in Port au Prince, at least for now, is better than it was before the earthquake.  While significant accomplishments, much more remains to be done before we can say that the health care system is truly being reconstructed.  Read more »

Paul Farmer Appointed Deputy U.N Envoy to Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

As of last week, Paul Farmer was no longer under consideration for the position of USAID Director.  Today, it was announced that he has instead been appointed Deputy U.N Special Envoy to Haiti.  Clinton said that Farmer's "credibility both among the people of Haiti and in the international community will be a tremendous asset" to their work in Haiti.  While many looked forward to seeing him to reforming and leading USAID, this new position allows him to once again work full time on Haiti, a country for which he cares deeply. Read more »

Not Such a Surprise at All: Good News from Haiti on HIV/AIDS

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, July 6, 2009.

Associated Press Writer Jonathan Katz recently wrote an article entitled "From Haiti, a Suprise:  Good News about AIDS."  In reality, it is far from a suprise.  We've long known that Haiti has been, despite numerous challenges, one of only a handfull of countries to reverse its epidemic.  Treatment models pioneered here are being applied in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Haiti shows us what an engaged civil society and sustained political will, backed by international support, can accomplish in even the most difficult circumstances.  I am proud and hope you are as well. Read more »

Paul Farmer to Coordinate U.S. Global Health Programs?

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Below is a post from "The Cable", confirming rumors that Paul Farmer is considering a position in the Obama Administration.  The position is as of yet unclear.  It may be USAID Administrator or a new position coordinating U.S. Global Health programs.  Partners in Health has had a tremendous impact in Haiti, Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere.  As a champion of health and human rights, Farmer's vision and expertise would be an asset to the Obama Administration.   Read more »

Haiti Food Security Update (2/3/2009)

By Bryan Schaaf on Tuesday, February 3, 2009.

It is Kanaval season in Haiti!  This is not a time to dwell on one’s sorrows but a time to focus on living.  It is a loud, vibrant, and wonderful time of the year.  No matter how bad things get, Kanaval will always be for friendships, relationships, music, dancing, tradition (and drinking.) But as another proverb goes, after the dance the drum is heavy.  When Kanaval is over, it’s back to work for all.  Achieving food security is task #1. Read more »

Project Medishare Receives PEPFAR Support for HIV/AIDS Prevention

By Bryan Schaaf on Saturday, December 20, 2008.

Project Medishare, an NGO supporting medical and public health programming on Haiti's Central Plateau, has been awarded a $1.25 million grant through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The award, which is focused on HIV/AIDS prevention activities, is part of a $4.8 million grant to Cross International, a South Florida-based interdenominational Christian humanitarian agency. Cross International has posted an announcement on their website as well. Read more »

Looking Back on World AIDS Day 2008

By Bryan Schaaf on Saturday, December 6, 2008.

Monday marked the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. Each year, this date provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been accomplished and what remains to be done.  Haiti's significant and under recognized progress in its struggle against HIV/AIDS continues.  In fact, Haiti's successes have been replicated in numerous countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.  This is something that we can all be proud of.  Below are some thoughts concerning World AIDS Day 2008.   Read more »

XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City (August 3-8, 2008)

By Bryan Schaaf on Saturday, August 2, 2008.
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The XVII International International AIDS Conference will take place in Mexico City from August 3-8.  This promises to be interesting given that the The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), already the largest initiative ever devoted to a single disease, was reauthorized and expanded to $48 billion over the next five years. The Kaiser Family Foundation will be webcasting many portions of the conference. You will also be able to read summaries of each day's events here. Read more »

USAID Announces Three Year Effort to Promote Literacy and Fight HIV/AIDS

By Bryan Schaaf on Tuesday, July 29, 2008.

USAID has just announced that literacy and fighting HIV/AIDS will be the focus of a new three year stabilization effort.  HIV/AIDS will be built into curricula and training will be provided for for teachers, school administrators, and inspectors.  If you've had any exposure to the Haitan education system(s), you know how important this is.  Food may be the key to the present, but education is the key to the future.  For more information, take a look at the main USAID website or the USAID/Haiti website. Read more »