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Cablegate: Canada Announces New Health Funding for Haiti

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SUBJECT: CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH FUNDING FOR HAITI

1. (U) Summary: International Cooperation Minister Josee
Verner recently announced that the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) will commit over C$45 million for
new health-related development projects in Haiti: C$18.75
million to support the development of Haiti's health system;
C$17.5 million to support immunizations; and C$9.2 million in
response to the United Nations Transitional Appeal. Verner
also indicated that Canada would provide another C$20 million
for a financial insurance mechanism in the Caribbean in the
event of natural disasters. The announcement received praise
from GOH Minister of Planning and Foreign Cooperation
Bellerive. The funding is part of the C$520 million
commitment Canada made at last July's Port-au-Prince
conference to support the Haitian government's development
efforts. End Summary.

2. (U) During her official visit to Haiti in late February,
International Development Minister Verner announced several
GoC initiatives to facilitate access to health services to
vulnerable segments of the Haitian people, including women,
and to offer basic services in health, prevention and
protection of human rights. The money is earmarked for three
major projects.

3. (U) C$18.75 million will go, over five years, to the
Health System Development Support Project (PADESS) to
contribute to the development of Haiti's health system,
especially in the departments of Artibonite, Nippes, the
Southeast and Northeast. PADESS is to strengthen Haiti's
Ministry of Public Health and Population's regulatory role
and will develop a vision shared by health sector
participants, including the GoH, the private sector,
religious communities, and Haitian and international
voluntary organizations. The project includes C$5 million to
support initiatives of Canadian partners to deliver basic
health services.

4. (U) C$17.5 million, over five years, has been allocated to
Haiti's Expanded Vaccination Support Program (PAPEV) to
reduce infant morality. PAPEV is sub-divided into three
components:

-- C$15 million to support a Pan American Health Organization
(PAHO) and the United Nations International Children's
Emergency Fund (UNICEF) program to build capacity and
coordinate the work of the organizations giving the
vaccinations;
-- C$1 million to the International Development Research
Center (IDRC) for research to improve the health system's
delivery of immunization programs;
-- C$1.5 million to support an initiative involving Haiti,
Brazil, and Canada to strengthen the Ministry of Public
Health and Population's Expanded Vaccination Program and
improve the delivery of vaccines through a refrigerated
distribution chain.

5. (U) C$9.2 million will go to the United Nations Appeal to
Support Haiti's Stabilization to promote equality between men
and women and social peace in Haiti. The money will be spent
on six initiatives:

-- C$5 million for PAHO for free obstetrical care for poor
pregnant women;
-- C$520,000 to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
for human rights protection for people living in vulnerable
situations;
-- C$1.2 million to the UNFPA to support women and girls who
are victims of sexual violence;
-- C$920,000 to the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization for horticulture projects in the urban areas of
Port-au-Prince and Jeremie;
-- C$1.4 million to the United Nations Development Program
(UNDR) to support human development in the Haiti-Dominican
Q(UNDR) to support human development in the Haiti-Dominican
Republic frontier zone;
-- C$125,000 to the UNDP for coordinating humanitarian and
relief efforts and C$50,000 to monitor results.

6. (U) Minister Verner also announced that Canada is donating
C$20 million to a World Bank initiative to establish the
Catastrophic Risk Management Facility (CCRIF) in the
Caribbean region which will enable CARICOM governments to
purchase coverage similar to business interruption insurance
to provide immediate cash payments after a major earthquake
or hurricane. This facility will be particularly useful to
finance the immediate post disaster recovery and give
governments time to mobilize additional resources for
longer-term reconstruction.

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