Caris Foundation International (CFI), a subsidiary of the Caris Foundation in Colleyville, Texas, has announced a four-year, $98.5 million investment in a USAID program aimed at bolstering health care in Haiti.
Through a cooperative agreement with USAID, CFI will lead a consortium that includes the Catholic Medical Mission Board and Haitian Health Foundation, with the goal of assisting, strengthening, and ultimately expanding essential health service to more than four million people in the impoverished Caribbean country. Building on the work of more than a hundred and sixty hospitals and clinics across Haiti, the program, Santé ("health" in Haitian Creole), will take a patient-centered approach to integrated maternal and child care, with a focus on immunization, reproductive health, nutrition services, and HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
The Caris Foundation is a private foundation established by the family of David D. Halbert that provides medical services in Haiti, Kenya, and other countries and regions across the globe.
"Caris Foundation's objective is to help relieve as much human suffering worldwide as possible, and through our hard work and passion for the people of Haiti we have been blessed to be able to build impactful, patient-focused medical programs for children and families affected by HIV," said Nathaniel Segaren, country director for Caris Foundation International. "We are excited to build upon our existing programs and we look forward to working with our other Santé consortium partners to broaden access to essential high-quality health care for the Haitian communities served through the project."
(Photo credit: Haitian Health Foundation)