Students at UNDH, Les Cayes

National Policy Advising

Drawing from a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and researchers across the Earth Institute, our national advising program offers integrated development planning and policy advising to the Haitian Government and its multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners. Teams assist in developing, analyzing, implementing and assessing policies, programs, projects and other initiatives in support of Haiti’s national development and regional growth pole strategy.

We work with ministries to translate their programs into costed plans. We also provide technical support to link plans to objectives set by the Millennium Development Goals throughout the country. We provide policy advice directed toward ensuring that that the national and regional social and environmental strategies are implemented in a way that’s consistent with macro-economic growth and stability.

The program engages Government officials and policy makers in dialogue around critical issues, rooting discussions in science-based platforms. This includes ongoing dialogue sessions with the  Prime Minister of Haiti, university partnerships, diaspora communities and local research institutes.

Community Health Worker Models for Haiti

CSD’s focus of technical support for building health systems in Haiti is based on a variety of lessons learned and detailed analysis of Haiti, particularly on integrated interventions that simultaneously address access, availability and quality of care.

Central to this program is the design and support of a community health worker program, which is critical to extend basic health services to the large percentage of the population that lives among the steep slopes of Port-à-Piment, as much of the population currently has limited access to the few clinics within the watershed given the topography. Improvements in the collection of dissemination of data in real time are currently being prepared for pilot in Haiti, based upon successful integrated in the other Millennium Village sites throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Indicators are currently being synchronized with government data collection forms in order to improve overall reporting systems in the watershed and surrounding communes.

National Infrastructure and Facilities Inventory

The Earth Institute is designing a handheld survey tool to help map the existing facilities across the South Department to support local planning officials, government ministries, and partner organizations understand the existing capacity and location of social services.

This includes hospitals, schools, water points, community health worker service areas, municipal buildings, and roads. The survey has been piloted in the commune of Coteaux in the South Department.

Earthquake Response

In response to the devastating 2010 earthquake, the Earth Institute established a Haiti Reconstruction Task Force that pulled together faculty and staff from various departments to support immediate recovery efforts.

Professor Art Lerner-Lam, a co-chair of this task force, helped launch the Haiti Seismic Task Force, a UN mandated team of global geologists working in close collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme. The Seismic Task Force has been actively collecting data to assess future earthquake risks, advising the government on potential risks from the fault line system in Haiti, and communicating critical information to the government and relevant organizations to assist in building resiliency against earthquakes throughout the country.