In Haiti, only 24 percent of married women ages 15-49 are using a modern contraceptive. More than half of women who want access to contraception don’t have it. Pathfinder is working to change that.

In Haiti, Pathfinder emphasizes the importance of quality, quantity, equity, and efficiency to deliver a comprehensive health package that improves the lives of Haitians of all ages.

Why Pathfinder Works in Haiti

Years after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, the country continues to face significant challenges to providing its people access to quality health services. The earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 displaced more than 1.5 million Haitians, making it impossible for most to access quality care. But even before the earthquake and for much of Haiti’s recent history, the country has faced significant challenges in delivering greatly needed health services to its people.

Pre-2010, it was estimated that nearly 40 percent of Haitians lacked access to basic health care. Today, that number is estimated to be even higher. Haiti has the greatest need for health services in all of the Western Hemisphere. The country suffers from high infant and maternal mortality rates as well as a high unmet need for contraception, a key challenge considering Haiti’s growing, young population.

Pathfinder first began work in Haiti in 1998 as the organization leading the charge on a four-year Post Abortion Care and Family Planning Project funded by the Bergstrom Foundation. Pathfinder was successful in lowering maternal mortality rates by establishing integrated post abortion care services and family planning programs in Haiti’s northeast and southern regions. Pathfinder found tremendous success in its development of a community awareness initiative that increased demand for and access to contraception and maternal care services.

Pathfinder was also a key partner in a primary health program in Haiti from 1999-2001, building the capacity of local NGOs to better provide family planning services. Pathfinder also worked through the USAID-funded project to provide training and medical equipment to Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP).

In Haiti, only 24 percent of married women ages 15-49 are using a modern contraceptive. More than half of women who want access to contraception don’t have it.

Quality Care for All Haitians

After nearly a decade, Pathfinder is making a big return to Haiti with a three-year USAID-funded project called Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti  (SSQH) . Through SSQH, Pathfinder expands health services, improves quality of services, and strengthens Haiti’s capacity to deliver and sustain those services long after Pathfinder’s work is complete. Our work in Haiti addresses four key challenges: improving the quality, quantity, equity, and efficiency of health care services. Pathfinder and its partners work in the central and southern regions of Haiti to improve access to and use of a number of services including:

  • Family planning
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Nutrition
  • Maternal and child health
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • And in select areas, support for ending gender-based violence, providing child protection services, and support for critical care

SSQH will achieve this objective through the innovative use of mHealth applications for community level client tracking and a MSPP-approved result based financing scheme to encourage improvement and efficiency of facility-level services.  The project will also improve the quality of health services and support sustainability through the promotion of key management practices for health facilities.  The reinforcement of USG-supported referral networks will ensure a continuum of care for Haitians connected from community-based providers to clinics and hospitals.


Your support is critical to ensuring our work can continue in Haiti, where 32% of married women want, but lack access to family planning. Your gift of $25 helps us reach women and their partners with education, counseling, and support services.

Our Projects

Haiti SSQH

Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH)

Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Maternal & Newborn Health HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning

Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) is a three-year, USAID-funded project designed to bring quality health services to the southern and central regions of Haiti.

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Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)

Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda
Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Behavior Change Contraception & Family Planning

The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.

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October 2014

mSante: Pioneering Mobile Technology to Improve Essential Health Services in Haiti

Pathfinder's Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti project, in collaboration with the Haitian government and MSPP, integrates the use of mobile tools for health - it incorporates the use of mSanté activities and finance tools to improve the delivery of quality health services for the people of Haiti.

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Pathfinder to Launch CommCare as part of Groundbreaking mHealth Initiative in Haiti

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