Project Santé, a Cooperative Agreement Between USAID and Caris Foundation International, to Expand Essential Healthcare for up to 4.2 Million Haitian People
COLLEYVILLE, Texas, Dec. 18, 2017 – Caris Foundation™, a non-profit, private foundation founded by the David D. Halbert family, announced that its subsidiary, Caris Foundation International™, has entered a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bolster health care in Haiti through a $98.5 million investment over the next four years. ‘Santé’ (“Health” in Haitian Kreyol) will be implemented as a consortium with Caris Foundation International as the leader, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) and the Haitian Health Foundation, with the overall goal of assisting, strengthening and expanding essential health services, ultimately serving up to 4.2 million Haitian people. The project will expand and support the work of more than 160 hospitals and clinics nationally to provide quality care.
As part of a patient-centered approach, Santé will provide integrated maternal and child care to Haitian families, with a particular focus on immunization, reproductive health, nutrition services and HIV prevention, care and treatment. Working in partnership with the Haitian Government, USAID, non-government organizations and faith-based organizations, the ‘Package of Essential Services’ national strategy will be realized.
“Caris Foundation’s objective is to help relieve as much human suffering worldwide as possible, and through our hard work and passion for the people of Haiti we have been blessed to be able to build impactful, patient-focused medical programs for children and families affected by HIV,” said Nathaniel Segaren, M.D., M.B.A, M.P.H., Country Director for Caris Foundation International. “We are excited to build upon our existing programs and we look forward to working with our other Santé Consortium partners to broaden access to essential, high quality health care for the Haitian communities served through the project.”
“We are thrilled to partner with USAID, Caris Foundation and CMMB, and convinced that our combined strengths, experience and strong community ties will enable successful completion of the strategic objectives of Santé,” said Nadesha Mijoba, M.S.-C.E.D., M.P.H., Country Director of the Haitian Health Foundation.
“I cannot overstate how privileged CMMB feels to be able to work with two of its partners, Caris Foundation and Haitian Health Foundation, to positively impact the provision of quality health care services across Haiti and to facilitate community involvement in the Haitian health care system,” said Dianne J. Francois, Country Director of CMMB.
About Caris Foundation ™
Caris Foundation™ is a non-profit, private foundation that aids and empowers impoverished people to alleviate as much human suffering as possible. Caris Foundation focuses its efforts to establish a local presence within communities in order to understand the people’s basic needs and implement solutions that are culturally relevant and sustainable. The foundation was founded and is solely funded by the Halbert family. Headquartered in Colleyville, Texas, Caris Foundation provides medical and empowerment services in Haiti, Kenya and other areas across the globe in need of help. Learn more at www.CarisFoundation.org.
About Haitian Health Foundation
Haitian Health Foundation is a non-profit organization, currently operating in the Grand Anse region, that works to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities through dental, mental and primary health care services, nutritional support, access to education, sustainable community development strategies, and other essential services to over 250,000 Haitian people. Headquartered in Norwich, Connecticut, HHF has provided services to the people of Haiti since 1985. Learn more at www.HaitianHealthFoundation.org.
About Catholic Medical Mission Board
CMMB has had roots in Haiti since the early 20th century, when its founder went there to minister to lepers. Today, it is a highly-respected non-profit organization, driven by its faith-based mission of service, to promote healthier lives worldwide by working in partnerships to deliver locally sustainable, quality health solutions to women, children, and their communities. Learn more at www.cmmb.org.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
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