The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has signed a contribution agreement with the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, hosted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The contribution of USD 1.5 million represents a significant effort to reduce the spread of cholera in Haiti. The agreement was signed at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) on the 13th of November 2018, by Mr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Asiri, QFFD Manager of Country Programs and Mrs. Jennifer Topping, Executive Director of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.
“This agreement is a completion of the Qatar Fund for Development’s mission to empower populations through the promotion of multiple sectors, including health sector, in addition to adopting global leading practices and fostering innovative solutions in the provision of health services,” said Mr. Al-Asiri.
“This agreement will reduce cholera and improve access to health care for people in Haiti. This alone will have an effective impact on the proper continuation and development of society,” added Mr. Al-Asiri.
“The generous contribution of the Qatar Fund for Development advances significantly the efforts of the United Nations in Haiti to eradicate cholera. The UN Haiti Multi-Partner Trust Fund today supports a new approach to cholera eradication through halting transmissions, investing in water and sanitation, as well as building community engagement. Strong partnerships and innovative approaches are required for success. We are truly grateful for this contribution and for the support given by the State of Qatar to the joint efforts of the United Nations to address humanitarian needs, peace building and to achieve sustainable development goals around the world”, said Mrs. Jennifer Topping.
The UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund is implemented jointly by UNICEF, PAHO/WHO and UNDP in Haiti together with national partners and provides the framework to support the UN’s new approach to cholera in Haiti. Its most immediate purpose will be to provide support for a new three track approach to cholera response.
The approach focuses on intensifying immediate efforts to cut transmission of cholera and improve access to care and treatment, as well as addressing the longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems, and ensuring community engagement and support.
Such projects are known to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, especially Goal 3 which focuses on the health sector, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.