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Overview

Global Fund-supported programs in Haiti have made significant gains despite political instability, economic hardship and recurrent natural disasters, including a devastating 2010 earthquake. Successful malaria interventions – including a 74 percent decline in malaria deaths among children under 5 – have made it possible for the country to adopt a national strategic plan with the aim of eliminating local malaria transmission by 2020.

New HIV infections dropped by 94 percent between 2000 and 2015, and the number of HIV patients on anti-retroviral therapy has risen from 6,000 people in 2006 to currently 82,000 people. The number of people dying of TB fell by 51 percent between 2000 and 2015.

Despite this progress, Haiti has one of the lowest income per capita in the world and faces enormous challenges in basic services and health. The country suffered a cholera epidemic following the 2010 earthquake, and HIV, TB and malaria remain major public health problems. Haiti highlights the importance of building health systems that can respond swiftly to crises that threaten global health security.

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