Series of Articles on Public Health Progress in Haiti Supported by CDC Published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Haiti country office contributed to 12 articles recently published in a supplement of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The reports included in the supplement entitled “Public Health Progress in Haiti: Achievements, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Since the 2010 Earthquake” represent the combined efforts of the CDC, the Haitian Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders and span numerous programmatic areas including HIV; tuberculosis; malaria; cholera; immunization; rabies; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); lymphatic filariasis, and also address notifiable disease surveillance reporting and national laboratory capacity.
Highlights of the supplement include CDC Haiti Surveillance Branch Chief Dr. Stanley Juin’s article on strengthening national disease surveillance and response in Haiti. The article details the CDC’s support to the Haitian Ministry of Health’s successful implementation and expansion of disease surveillance and laboratory-enhanced surveillance systems and serves as a roadmap for public health professionals working to implement surveillance activities in Haiti and similar countries across the world. CDC Haiti’s Tuberculosis Advisor Dr. Macarthur Charles also authored an article on trends in Tuberculosis case notification and treatment success in Haiti from 2010-2015, and CDC Haiti Country Director Dr. David Fitter proposed a new approach to examining public health systems recovery using the ten essential public health services in his article “Applying a New Framework for Public Health Systems Recovery following Emergencies and Disasters: The Example of Haiti following a Major Earthquake and Cholera Outbreak.”
CDC Haiti has worked closely with the Government of Haiti, partners, and stakeholders since the 2010 earthquake to enhance the quality of health information systems, improve health services delivery, build public health infrastructure, and analyze and address critical gaps in the public health care system. The results and data produced from these studies are building the evidence base that informs the direction of current and future health interventions in Haiti.
The articles can be found in the Volume 97, Issue 4 Supplement of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene here http://www.ajtmh.org/content/journals/14761645/97/4_Suppl