Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL) and the Digicel Foundation have had an invaluable partnership in the Central Plateau since 2008. Digicel first awarded PIH/ZL $500,000 in support of a full range of school operating and administration expenses. Since then, PIH/ZL and Digicel have built seven beautiful schools in some of the most remote communities in this area, thanks to a shared vision to bring quality education in an appropriate setting to the children of impoverished families who may not otherwise be able to attend school. PIH/ZL is immensely grateful that Digicel remains committed to continuing the partnership and improving educational infrastructure in the rural countryside, with plans to build an additional ten schools in the Central Plateau in the next two years. This fruitful collaboration has helped pave the way for other potential donors and partners who are also looking to invest in school infrastructure in the PIH/ZL catchment area.
The Digicel Foundation has also supported the expansion of PIH/ZL’s community mental health programs for the poor in rural Haiti. This support has enabled PIH/ZL and mental health physicians at New York University to develop a community health worker training curriculum for mental health care, the first of its kind in Haiti. In addition, Digicel recently committed a generous grant of $100,000 for the community mental health program at the new Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital, set to open the middle of this year. Digicel’s funding addresses PIH/ZL’s equipment needs for mental health capacity at the hospital, including equipment for mental health consultation and isolation rooms, inpatient services, and office space. The community mental health program will provide an unprecedented hospital capacity for mental health care in Haiti, and PIH/ZL are thrilled for the opportunity to further strengthen the quality and accessibility of mental health services available to Haitians in partnership with Digicel.