As the 10th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas got under way, Haiti
today launched intensive vaccination activities to protect children
against diseases including polio, measles and rubella, among others. A
launch event was held in Port of Prince with the participation of
national health authorities, the Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the GAVI Alliance, and other
Haiti’s Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Florence
Guillaume, called on “Friends of Haiti” countries, national and
international organizations, and the Haitian private sector to
contribute funding for a new “Intensive Activities for Child Health”
The Government of Haiti this week honored the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization’s (PAHO/WHO’s) office in Port-au-Prince with Haiti’s national “Honor and Merit” award, in recognition of the organization’s contributions to the fight against cholera and its efforts to improve public health. The award was signed by President René Preval on April 19, 2011.
During the past three years, Haiti suffered from food crisis and various natural disasters that include more than 5 hurricanes, floods, and an earthquake that devastated most of the Ouest Departement, including the Capital City, Port-au-Prince. The impact by the earthquake on response capacity was severe, as the already fragile Haitian government lost 33% of its personnel and 24 of the 25 official buildings.
Due to the need of reestablishing the activities of the Haitian National Leprosy Programme after the earthquake, the Regional Consultant for the Leprosy Programme of the Americas and the Caribbean visited Port-au-Prince in a technical cooperation mission from 3-6 of May.