Haiti is an island in the Caribbean Sea with a population of about 10.8 million people and a life expectancy of 61 years for men and 66 years for women. The Haitian health system provides formal care for about 47% of the population, but traditional medicine remains first resort to disease. Haiti is prone to natural disasters which overload the health system. To alleviate this burden, the Ministry of Health’s National Health Strategy 2012-2022 is aligned with the National Development Plan guided by the Sustainable Development Goals. This Strategy prioritizes universal health coverage (UHC), setting out to implement UHC provisions and to strengthen the health system. WHO cooperation focuses on UHC by redefining the model of care, strengthening financing functions, ensuring good governance and efficient service delivery of essential drugs. A Haitian health system with the capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters is the priority of the UHC Partnership which currently supports the development of a national plan for health services, preparedness and response in emergency contexts. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

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