PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, accompanied by the minister in charge of human rights and the fight against extreme poverty, on Wednesday attended the launching ceremony of the report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with the slogan "Haiti, a new look."
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe addressing an attentive audience on Wednesday
Lamothe listed the different actions of President Michel Martelly's administration and the government to approach these goals set in 2000 by 188 countries around the world. The MDGs serve as a guide to improve the living conditions of the populations and accelerate development.
Lamothe presented the different fields where significant progress has been made, especially in education, through the free-tuition education program (PSUGO), which opened the way to free education to some 1.4 million children.
According to government authorities, the free education program was set up to promote equality of opportunity and to enable the country to have citizens able to participate in the development projects.
Reducing child mortality, which has declined by 44%, was also among topics addressed by the prime minister, who intends to work with his team to build health facilities and provide health services to Haitians, while meeting international standards. To this end, the prime minister's office underlined, more than $80 million will be invested to rebuild Haiti's State University Hospital (HUEH).
The government says it has undertaken to look at population control in order to facilitate a more effective allocation of the limited funds available.
The prime minister also mentioned improved water management, which has doubled the number of people with access to drinking water compared to 1995. According to the PM's office, such achievements are among the important indicators of the progress achieved by government's social actions to ensure greater efficiency in the fight against extreme poverty and waterborne diseases.
Lamothe mentioned the many initiatives for the reforestation of the country, the rehabilitation of watersheds and to introduce young people to environmental education and waste recycling, according to the communiqué, which underlines that protecting the environment is one of the fundamental objectives of the Martelly administration.