Due to our involvement in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, HHI was invited to attend an event at the White House with the President of the United States on Wednesday, October 29th.
After meeting with advisors and healthcare workers involved in the Ebola fight, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in the East Room of the White House praising those Americans who are risking their lives by going to the Ebola affected areas in West Africa to stop the spread of the virus.
“We need to call them what they are, which is American heroes,” Obama said. “They deserve our gratitude and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Watch the President’s remarks:
Following the event, HHI joined with a handful of other NGOs to discuss the coordinated Ebola operations on the ground in Liberia, meeting with senior administration officials including HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, and Gayle Smith, Senior Director National Security Council.
Heart to Heart International Inc. (HHI), one of America’s leading humanitarian organizations, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Mitchum as its new Chief Executive Officer.
A Kansas City resident, Mitchum most recently served as the President of the Americas for EUSA Pharma in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
“It will be an honor to lead and to help grow this inspiring organization at a time when natural disasters and the need for humanitarian assistance occur so frequently,” said Mitchum.
Mitchum has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical world, having held President, CEO and other senior-level executive positions for companies in the US and internationally.
Learn more about Jim Mitchum’s executive background
“Jim rose to the top,” said Bob Lambrechts, HHI board member and search committee chair, “due to a number of factors including his pharmaceutical industry experience, his international business acumen, and a long-standing personal philosophy that matches with Heart to Heart International.”
Mitchum takes the helm at Heart to Heart International on September 2, 2014.
Momentous even, that so many representatives for so many different entities chose to come to Cascade Pichon, a place quite literally at the end of the road (picture above), in a far remote corner of Haiti, difficult to reach, to talk development and healthcare with Heart to Heart International… we’re all still a bit stunned that it actually happened. But we’re all very pleased too!
The purpose of the Summit was to jump-start all of the things that have been talked about & planned for this far-flung area of Haiti, to get as many groups and government ministries involved as possible, and to get them to Cascade Pichon.
This is one of the areas where Heart to Heart has worked for three years to broaden access to healthcare for the citizens of Haiti. There’s a new Heart to Heart health clinic in Cascade Pichon where residents, seeking care, hike down from the mountains on foot to reach. We recently launched a five-week comprehensive Cholera response to aid and educate from here. And this is where we deploy not just Haitian doctors and nurses, but medical and non-medical volunteers to help us reach our goals.
And this is where dozens of people gathered, Thursday, April 4th, 2013 to talk about the future of healthcare for thousands of residents far off the beaten path in Haiti. It’s worth mentioning the date as we hope it serves as a milestone moment.
Both Heart to Heart and The Federation of Peasants of Pichon hosted the summit where government officials, NGO representatives and local leaders met to chiefly talk sustainable development.
For the Government of Haiti this was a Director level meeting and representatives of several GoH Ministries were on hand: Health, Tourism, Education, Environment, Planification (Economic Development).
And from Heart to Heart International both CEO Krystal Barr and CFO Bud Jeffress were in-country, and joined our Haitian staff of doctors, nurses and executive personnel.
The result from this historic summit? A commitment to improve the road to Cascade Pichon and invest more in the healthcare infrastructure of the area.
It’s not everything that needs to be done, but it’s a start. A good start.
What follows are photos from the Summit. Click any to begin a slideshow.
Heart to Heart is very proud to be recognized for our work to improve health and broaden access to healthcare in Haiti.
Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control Foundation announced the completion of two new public health buildings in Haiti in partnership with the Haiti Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP or Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population).
At the same event in Port-au-Prince, the CDC Foundation also honored Heart to Heart International for our long term commitment to the country and the people of Haiti. HHI Haiti staff member Dr. Frantz Codio accepted the award on behalf of everyone at Heart to Heart.
The award reads: With deep gratitude to Heart to Heart International for your commitment to improving the health of the People of the Republic of Haiti – February 25, 2013.
Again, very honored to be recognized in this way. Many thanks to the CDC Foundation. Let’s keep up the good work!