Fernet Léandre, MD, MMSc-GHD

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Global Health Delivery

Dr. Fernet Léandre is a physician and HIV and TB specialist who currently serves as the Chief Programs Officer of Zanmi Lasante (ZL), Partners In Health (PIH)’s sister organization in Haiti. Beginning in 1998, he directed ZL’s HIV/AIDS/TB/STI program in central Haiti, one of the first in the world to treat HIV-positive poor people with antiretroviral therapy in an impoverished setting. ZL’s groundbreaking treatment protocols and exceptional outcomes resulted in Haiti receiving one of the first Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria awards. Under Dr. Léandre’s leadership, and in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, the Global Fund monies have enabled ZL to re-open clinics in seven additional sites in Haiti’s rural Central Plateau, and five others in the lower Artibonite region, integrating HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs with comprehensive primary care servicees at each site.

Dr. Léandre was active in the Caribbean-wide CHART/CDC/GAP/I-TECH HIV training initiative for health care workers, and he serves as a medical and technical consultant to Partners In Health’s AIDS treatment project in rural Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. Dr. Léandre also served as a lecturer and nowadays as an instructor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was awarded a prestigious Smith Scholarship in 2010 through the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has done coursework in summer 2010 and 2011 at Harvard School of Public Health and in May 2014 he obtained his Master of Medical Sciences for Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) at Harvard Medical School. His focus and dedication have extended to noncommunicable diseases, to tackle a new burden of morbidity in the population.