Loune Viaud

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Loune Viaud
Born c. 1966
Port-Salut, Haiti
Nationality Haitian
Occupation Director of Strategic Planning
Organization Zanmi Lasante
Known for health care activism
Awards Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (2002)
Ms. magazine "Woman of the Year" (2003)

Loune Viaud (born c. 1966[1]) is a Haitian health care worker who serves as Director of Strategic Planning for Zanmi Lasante, a sister organization to Partners in Health. She won the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for her work with the group to provide health care in Haiti,[2] and in 2003 was named one of Ms. magazine's "Women of the Year".[1]

Viaud was born in Port-Salut in southern Haiti.[1] In the 1980s, she organized programs for street children in poor areas of Port-au-Prince alongside future president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In 1988, she was present for the St Jean Bosco massacre, an attack on Aristide's church which left at least 13 dead; following the attack, she left the country, resettling in Boston. There she became active with Partners in Health, founding programs for the Haitian immigrant community including "Haitian Teens Confront AIDS".[3]

In 1990, following a democratic election that brought Aristide the presidency, she returned to Haiti.[3] That year, she helped found Proje Sante Fanm, Haiti's first women's health clinic. She has also begun a gender-awareness training program for health care workers as well as women's literacy projects and scholarship programs.[1] She also implemented numerous projects for AIDS education and prevention.[3] Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer said of her work, "It’s no exaggeration to claim that Loune’s pragmatic solidarity has reached hundreds of thousands of Haitian women living in poverty."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jennifer Margulis (December 2003). "Women of the Year 2003: Loune Viaud". Ms. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "2002: Loune Viaud, Haiti". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Edward Kennedy (2002). "Remarks by Senator Edward Kennedy: 2002 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Retrieved 3 July 2012.