Haitian Dr. Florence Duperval Picked as Harvard's 2013 Health Leader

Dr. Florence Guillaume Duperval, Haiti's Minister of Public Health and Population (MPHP), recently received an honorary award from the Kennedy School of Government. She has been chosen as a 2013 Harvard Health Leader. The recognition is seen as an acknowledgement of her creativity in carrying out her duties as MPHP.


The Harvard School of Public Health's Advisory-Board Chairman, Dean Julio Frenck, notified Dr. Duperval in a congratulatory letter of her selection. He wrote Dr. Florence Duperval had been given the honor because of her strong and effective initiatives in administering to Haiti's poorer communities. He extended the Kennedy School of Government's invitation to join the Harvard Ministerial Health Leaders' Forum (HMHLF) in June 2013, its second annual gathering.

Her informed her HMHLF's mission consists of identifying leadership qualities that have improved delivery of healthcare services in each minister's province. He explained the purpose of the HMHLF is the sharing of information that has produced beneficial outcomes to the communities served, and been cost-effective as well.

What makes the HMHLF different, Frenck wrote, from other forums of its kind is its non-bureaucratic ambience, which encourages non-partisan sharing of information related to the development and implementation of program initiatives. Some panel exchanges between emeritus health ministers and 2013 Health Leaders will include program sustainability, finance, brokering, and donor /agency / global relationships.

Frenck emphasized the elite nature of HMHLF and that her involvement and experiential knowledge would add value to all Health Leader attendees' experience.

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