What can be done to resuscitate Haiti’s healthcare system?
Adequate care remains cutoff for a lot of Haitians.
It has actually been 10 years because an enormous earthquake struck Haiti killing hundreds of countless individuals and leaving more than a million homeless. The quake all but destroyed the country’s healthcare system. A decade later, it stays in ruins.
It’s approximated that 40 per cent of the population lacks access to healthcare. A clear example of this is the brand-new Health center of the State University of Haiti. The healthcare facility, near downtown Port-au-Prince, was among the first tasks authorized for Haiti’s reconstruction following the catastrophic earthquake. However, the doors to the new facility have yet to open and there are worries that if, and when they do, Haiti will not be able to pay for the cost of running it. As the Miami Herald reports, 87 per cent of the health ministry’s functional budget goes to wages, which leaves extremely little cash to support the nation’s public healthcare facilities.
On this episode of The Stream we dive into why Haiti’s health care system stays paralyzed.
On this episode of The Stream, we talk to:
President, Private Medical Facility Association of Haiti
Haiti’s biggest health center still not built 10 years after quake. That’s not the worst of it – Miami Herald
St. Bonafice healthcare facility, a beacon of hope in post-quake Haiti – CBS News
Victims still struggle 10 years after Haiti earthquake – Al Jazeera
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