HAITI: The CCISD-GAC Partnership Continues Under a Second Phase of PRISMA

Thanks to financial support from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), CCISD will be able to resume and strengthen its activities aiming to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services in the Artibonite Department, in Haiti.

In fact, CCISD will begin the second phase of PRISMA, the ‘’Project for Integrated Management of Maternal and Child Health in Artibonite’’ with a budget of close to 20 million dollars.

‘’PRISMA’s first phase, implemented from 2011 to 2016, has helped make a lot of progress with regards to increasing utilization and provision of health services that are adapted to the needs of mothers and children of 5 communes of Artibonite’’, said Dr. Ludzen Sylvestre, CCISD’s representative in Haiti. ‘’This new grant from the Government of Canada will allow us to consolidate what has been achieved, while broadening our interventions to 3 extra communes, which gives cause to rejoicing!’’

Just like its predecessor, PRISMA 2 will adopt an integrated approach to health and will provide support to three essential components: public health institutions, health facilities and communities.

This new phase will contribute to strengthening governance in terms of RMNCH management, as well as improving Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) and sexual and reproductive health services, while supporting the community management of RMNCH and integrating two essential cross-cutting themes: gender equity and environment.

All in all, it is estimated that close to 146,000 women of childbearing age, 66,000 under-five children and 13,700 likely to be pregnant will benefit directly from the services offered in the PRISMA-supported health facilities.

Over 30 Years of Successful Collaboration

The CCISD-GAC partnership is not new. The first project of what was to become CCISD was launched in 1978 with financial support from the Government of Canada. This initiative provided support to the development of primary health care services in the Comoros. Since then, CCISD has implemented close to 40 projects as a Canadian Executing Agency selected by GAC, formerly known as the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

In Haiti, this collaboration began under the PALIH initiatives which were carried out in support of the country’s response to AIDS from 2002 to 2007 (Phase 1) and 2006 to 2012 (Phase 2). Then, the PRISMA project was granted and implemented from 2011 to 2016.

‘’The relationship between CCISD and GAC rests on shared values and a common desire to effectively contribute to improving the living standards in developing countries. Over the years, we have learned to work together towards achieving tangible results and we are proud that GAC has once again put its trust in us as an executing agency’’, said CCISD’s General Manager, Mr. Robert Beaudry.

PRISMA two will launch its activities during 2017 and will be implemented over 4 years.