Loune Viaud has worked with Partners in Health since 1987 and is the Executive Director for PIH in Haiti. Ms. Viaud studied Journalism and received her BA in education. Early in her career, Ms. Viaud initiated numerous programs for the protection of rights for children and adolescents. In 1992,Ms. Viaud returned to Haiti where she launched the Sante Fanm, the first women’s health project in Haiti.
In 2002, Ms. Viaud received the "RFK Human Rights Award" from Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In April 2019, Ms Viaud spoke on behalf of women and girls in Haiti at the UN Security Council, making it the first time a Haitian Civil Society member has spoken at the Security Council in its 50+ history.
Ms. Viaud currently leads a 6,000 + strong team in providing health care and supportive program throughout the Central Plateau and lower Artibonite regions of Haiti. In 2010, Ms. Viaud established Zanmi Beni, a children’s home for children left homeless after the Haiti earthquake.