Since 2021, Loune Viaud is Chief Gender and Social Equity Officer of Partners in Health. Ms. Viaud has played a key role in expanding PIH’s work in Haiti and worldwide. In 1990, she helped open Haiti’s first women’s health center. In 2017, she became Executive Director of Zanmi Lasante, as PIH is known in Haiti. With her leadership, PIH has grown to serve 4 million people with high-quality primary care. Ms. Viaud is the recipient of the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
The mission of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is to recognize and celebrate courageous individuals all over the world lending a helping hand to those in need, often with no regard to their own safety and well-being. We are honored to shed light on extraordinary human rights defenders, medical workers, activists, humanitarians, and other brave modern-day heroes who give humanity hope for a brighter future and to raise global awareness of their daily work. This is especially crucial in times like these when solidarity is needed more than ever to alleviate human suffering.
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