Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery

by Partners In Health (PIH)
Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health
Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health

Thank you so much for supporting Partners In Health and the ongoing mission to help Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. We are thrilled to share with you an excerpt from a story about Père Eddy (pictured above), "Haiti’s patron saint of mental health," and his work with Partners In Health to improve mental health care in Haiti.

Eddy Eustache, or Père Eddy as he’s most often called, is Haiti’s patron saint of mental health. In the decade since 2005, when PIH (known locally as Zanmi Lasante) hired him as its first psychologist in Haiti, he has trained and expanded his mental health team to include 50 social workers and 13 psychologists who work in 12 clinics across the region. With guidance from PIH’s cross-site mental health team, led by Dr. Giuseppe (Bepi) Raviola, Père Eddy and his team have successfully delivered psychological care in some of the most impoverished regions of the country.

After a 7.0 earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, resulting in more than 300,000 dead and thousands more injured, it became increasingly clear to PIH staff that Haitians needed mental health services. Post-earthquake PTSD wasn’t as much the issue as was long-standing depression, anxiety, and stress developed over decades of poverty, unemployment, violence, and political instability—what Père Eddy calls the “poverty package.”

“The earthquake did not bring mental illness to Haiti,” Père Eddy says. “It has been to everyone an opportunity of awareness raising, where people had to understand that something had to be done, something still has to be done for the burden of mental health. We have a population of more than 10 million with two public psychiatrists. That’s totally under-operational.”

Because of staunch advocates like Père Eddy, the mental health program in Haiti demonstrates what is possible in some of the poorest places in the world. But the priest-turned-psychologist doesn’t take this as a sign that his work is done. In some ways, it’s just begun.


Thank you for your generous support of Partners In Health, and our work to build back better in Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake.  Together, we've come a long way in improving access to high-quality health care, as is illustrated in the photograph above.  With your help, more Haitians can get the care and treatment that they need, free of charge, for the long-term. 
We’re excited to share the above photograph, highlighting an important partnership with a fellow health care organization:

At University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, PIH and sister organization Zanmi Lasante clinical staff are partnering with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) on their first trip to Mirebalais to perform pediatric cardiac surgery. ICHF brings the necessary staff and stuff (medication, surgical supplies, equipment) to support this type of surgery while focusing on building local capacity by training surgeons, nurses, and medical staff in the hospitals where they work. 

During their 2-week visit, the teams will focus on correcting two general types of heart issues: congenital heart conditions; and valvular heart disease.

Thank you again for your continued support, and for your belief in health care for all. 

"Improbably, the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people in Haiti has also helped bring Michelle and Marian a shot at a normal life."

Thank you for supporting Partners In Health, specifically our work to continue building long-term, quality health systems in Haiti in the years of recovery from the 2010 earthquake -- admist many other challenges. 

Please take a moment to read a heartwarming story about a complex surgery successfully carried out at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, constructed by Partners In Health in partnership with the Haitian government, as part of our response to the devastating 2010 earthquake.  

The generosity of supporters like yourself has enabled PIH to drastically improve the standard of care in Haiti and other resource-poor settings.  While there is much work to be done, the successful separation of conjoined twin sisters this past May is a shining example of what is now possible in rural Haiti:

Thank you so much for your support of Partners In Health (PIH) and our work to build back better in Haiti after the devastating earthquake that nearly destroyed the capital of Port au Prince in January of 2010.  With the help of supporters and partners, PIH and our sister organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante, have made great progress over the past five years. While there is still much to be done, we continue to look forward with optimism, knowing that together, we'll save and improve more lives every day. 

Please take a moment to watch and listen to a reflection from our Co-Founder Ophelia Dahl:

Ophelia Dahl: Haiti 5 Years after the Earthquake

Thank you again for your critical support. 


Above: MIREBALAIS, HAITI - APRIL 2, 2014:  Clinical Nurse Administrator Naomie Marcelin conducts rounds at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, with nurses Jeddidiah Claude Pierre, Carline Gerome, Marie Synndie Aime, Heraldine Aneas, and Abdonie Laguerre. (Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health)


Partners In Health received an outpouring of generous support after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti (almost five years ago) from generous and caring people like yourself.  In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, we put those resources to use immediately with the construction of University Hospital in Mirebalais.  Today, University Hospital is an innovative, national teaching and referral hospital that is equipped to provide advanced, high-quality health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals and driving economic growth throughout the region. 

Since the opening of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (University Hospital) in March 2013, more than 100,000 uniquely registered patients have traveled across the country seeking treatment, surpassing our expectations. The facility represents a new opportunity for 3.4 million people, living within its catchment area, to access complex, life-saving services. But its impact extends well beyond the facility’s walls. Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (our Haitian sister organization) has built an innovative, national teaching and referral hospital that provides specialist, high-quality health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals and driving economic growth throughout the region.

University Hospital is one of Haiti’s largest public-private investments in health and has created 807 jobs directly. Approximately 70% of its staff are from communities in and around Mirebalais. Many live at home, but the hospital also offers housing to approximately 200 staff in its residences on campus and in houses in the community. University Hospital staff shop in local markets, eat at neighborhood restaurants and food stands, and invest in nearby housing. Their economic activity is stimulating growth and encouraging new business. Linda, a Mirebalais resident and mother of three who sells egg sandwiches, recently moved her stand just outside University Hospital and is now selling dozens of sandwiches each morning. 

Researchers from PIH/ZL and the Haitian Ministry of Planning’s Centre de Techniques de Planification et d'Économie Appliquée have quantified the ‘multiplier effect’ University Hospital has across sectors of the Haitian economy; they found that for every $1 invested into University Hospital, $1.82 is returned to the local economy. This analysis does not take into account other important benefits associated with University Hospital, including benefits to the economy resulting from a healthier population and workforce, benefits to patients who receive high-quality care regardless of their ability to pay, and long-term benefits for the Haitian health care sector through University Hospital’s academic training and mentorship programs.

We thank you for your continued support, which enables us to continue providing high-quality health care to the poorest of the poor in Haiti. 


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Location: Boston, MA - USA
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Laura Soucy
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Boston, MA United States

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