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Partnering with the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)


HRDF has been partnering with the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) initiatives in Haiti since in February 2004 when the United States Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program (USSOUTHCOM HAP) enlisted the help of several Haitian-Americans NGOs, including the Haitian Resource Development Foundation and the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) to form the Haiti Workgroup in order to support HAP’s initiatives in Haiti. The objectives were to support and strengthen a Disaster Preparedness Response program with capacity building and infrastructure improvement in Haiti.

This initiative has been continued by the Haitian Resource Development Foundation in collaborative efforts with the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) and other private and public entities, such as the Haitian American Nurses Association in South Florida (HANA), the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA), the Mole Saint Nicolas in Action (MOTION), the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC), the Rotary Club de Pétion-Ville, the Office of Haiti’s Prime Minister, and the Haiti Ministry of Interior.

Here are some programs initiated by USSOUTHCOM HAP in 2004:

  • Construction of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Port-au-Prince (in progress)
  • Development of standard operating procedures as well as trainings in Haiti and in the US for the Protection Civile staff to operate the Emergency Operation Center
  • Renovation of the Haiti State University Hospital emergency room
  • Improvement and expansion of the medical emergency service at the Hôpital de la Communauté Haitienne in Pétion-Ville with two operating rooms, an Intensive care Unit with 6 beds, a triage area, an emergency room, a radiology unit and a lab. This emergency service was inaugurated on April 17, 2009

Un pavillon d’urgence pour la communauté haïtienne

Le Nouvelliste 16 avril 2009

Le pavillon d’urgence, selon les responsables de l’HCH, est le fruit de la générosité de compatriotes haïtiens et de la coopération internationale. « Pour le mette en place, nous avons bénéficié du support de l’organisme international « Haitian Resource Development Foundation» qui a financé, par le biais de l’US SOUTHCOM, l’aménagement du bloc opératoire. Dr. Aldy Castor, un compatriote haïtien, nous a permis de trouver à prix réduit les instruments médicaux et le Rotary Club de Pétion-Ville, grâce à une campagne de levée de fonds, nous a aidés dans l’acquisition de ces instruments », raconte avec soin Georges Celcis

The Haitian Resource Development Foundation prioritizes programs that enable and empower various Haitian locales to further personal and collective independence. Engaging in a range of programs over 20 years, the HRDF continues a commitment to providing measurable results for program beneficiaries and program benefactors. Working with multiple international partners from North America and Europe, the HRDF is committed to fundamental improvements in Haitian villages to ensure greater economic vitality in the near future.