In times of crisis it is more important than ever to understand the experience of the most vulnerable. But in-person research has been suspended due to COVID-19 and online surveys leave out 3.5 billion people who do not have access to internet. Global funders and sector leaders, spanning multiple sectors and countries, pivoted quickly to […]
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and among the bottom 20% of all nations worldwide in terms of GDP per head. It’s a country of over 11 million people just 90 minutes by air from Miami.
91% of Haitians live within 5km of a health facility, but only 23% live within 5km of a high-quality one. Hundreds of public clinics in Haiti are chronically under-resourced, suffering from financial deficits, lack of management and supply chain, no data collection, and – usually – no electricity or running water. In early 2018, C2C established a formal agreement with the Haitian Ministry of Health to create a public-private partnership (PPP) that “rehabilitates” existing public clinics across Northern Haiti to achieve high benchmarks of service delivery and quality, by adopting the C2C model for clinic management. The government saw a potentially transformative solution in C2C’s work: our commitment to primary care excellence, our high standards for cost-effective operations, and our focus on community integration.
Now, as we enter a time when COVID-19 is likely to be “endemic” in Haiti into 2021 and 2022 as well, the need for C2C’s model and innovation is even more critical. C2C’s Executive Director will discuss the organization’s journey, how it manages a hybrid model (social enterprise and donor-supported) in partnership with the government, and how the partnership is managing COVID response to maintain high-quality primary care services for the people of Haiti.
- Shared goals, mutual understanding of what each partner can offer, and ongoing, structured communications are key factors in creating a successful public-private partnership.
- Healthcare systems worldwide are constantly under pressure to increase quality and efficiency of care. They are looking to find new ways to use data and systems to focus on wellness and disease prevention rather than on the acutely ill. Health systems will need to become more integrated, addressing care needs across the continuum, while utilizing technology to enhance delivery.
- By adopting a PPP model, partnerships can not only focus on building and replacing critically-needed hospital infrastructure, they also add a clinical service delivery and privatized management practices to improve the quality of care delivered, as well as access to care.
Scott Schroeder, Executive Director, Care 2 Communities