Project to Enhance Emergency Surveillance System in Haiti


During the past several years, average life expectancy in Haiti has dropped to 49.6 at birth. Due to economic sanctions and the already pervasive state of poverty, the health status is expected to decline even further. However, as information is scarce and not consolidated, it will be difficult to detect changes early enough to curb the effects.

In view of this scenario, PAHO has launched a project to strengthen the existing epidemiological surveillance system, established by the Ministry of Public Health and PAHO more than three years ago. The sentinel sites are all clinics or hospitals managed by NGOs, religious organizations and the Ministry of Public Health.

It is expected that with the help of the project, the country capacity to solve health crises and coordination and collaboration among agencies involved in the health response will be improved. A monthly report on selected epidemiological data will be produced.

INCAP, the Center for Nutrition based in Guatemala, will be involved in the collection and analysis of nutritional data. The results will be used in the design of aid projects and as an early warning system. For more information contact Dr. Dana van Alphen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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