The World Bank

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The World Bank Board of Directors has approved additional funding of US$20 million for the Haiti Primary Health Care and Surveillance Strengthening Project (PROSYS) , which aims to increase the use of primary health care services in Haiti. selected geographical areas and build disease surveillance capacity, especially cholera.

“Access to quality health care is essential to alleviate cyclical poverty, strengthen Haiti’s human capital, and help future generations reach their full potential,” said Laurent Msellati, World Bank Country Director for Haiti.

“Haiti has been free of cholera for more than three years and has thus been successfully eliminated; however, more efforts are needed in other critical health areas, as less than half of all children are fully immunized and only a third of women deliver in health facilities,” the country manager added.

In the aftermath of the August 2021 earthquake, the World Bank quickly reallocated $20 million from the PROSYS project to cover approximately 65% ​​of the total health sector reconstruction costs of $31 million identified by the assessment. post-disaster needs.

These funds support the reconstruction and rehabilitation of approximately 30 damaged health infrastructures in the three affected departments of Nippes, Sud and Grand’Anse, directly benefiting more than 650,000 people. The reallocation of funds also makes it possible to provide equipment and supplies to rehabilitated health facilities and to support the coordination of all actors involved in reconstruction activities in the sector.