To support the happy and healthy development of children and families affected by HIV.
Caris began working in Haiti in 2007 with two hospitals working primarily in the field of Pediatric HIV. Activities were focused on Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) testing of children born to HIV positive mothers. Over the years Caris has continued to support the National EID program and Women and Children living with HIV in Haiti. The foundation currently supports over 140 hospitals in all 10 Provinces of the Country, including several remote islands and hard to reach districts. Caris has seven regional offices and over 240 staff who support our mission. Our network provides coverage to over 95% of the Haitian population. We work in close partnership with the Ministry of Health, the National Laboratory of Public Health and many other Hospitals and Organizations with similar missions in Haiti.
Our work has been supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) since 2009. In 2013 Caris was asked by USAID/PEPFAR to develop a comprehensive plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) affected by HIV.
The Program is called “BEST” Bien et Santé Timoun, which translated means ‘child’s wellbeing and health’.