Partners In Health and its sister group Zanmi Lasante are responding to the earthquake, offering medical care within the Central Plateau, Artibonite Department, and in Port-au-Prince. In 2008, Partners In Health working with companions at the Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights released a report of the denial of water safety as a primary right in Haiti In 2000, a set of loans from the Inter American Growth Bank to the government of Haiti for water, sanitation and health have been blocked for political causes. Town of St. Marc (inhabitants 220,000) and area of the decrease Artibonite (population 600,000) were among the many areas slated for upgrading of the public water supply.
The destruction contaminated the water provide and left the infrastructure (together with the well being infrastructure) of the upper Artibonite in ruins, forcing people to seek residence and medical care in St. Marc. Thousands of people are being given primary training, cleaning soap and oral rehydration salts of their communities by community well being workers and people already sick are being referred to Zanmi Lasante/Ministry of Well being facilities in the Artibonite and Central departments. But the important thing to stopping the cholera epidemic in Haiti is to supply water safety for the individuals of the Artibonite urgently and in the long run.
On the national degree, the leadership of Companions In Well being and Zanmi Lasante with other companions working in the camps are serving to to design the contingency plan for Port au Prince. However, group based water initiatives and latrines won’t ever be ample to guarantee the right to scrub water—the government of Haiti must be enabled by international partners to assure this proper. Haiti is often outlined by what it lacks: a secure economy, excessive employment, solid infrastructure, and access to high quality food, clean water, and universal health care. For nearly three decades, Companions In Well being has worked to reverse that definition.
To that finish , we can even continue to advocate for cash pledged for the reconstruction of Haiti be used to strengthen the general public infrastructure of the nation, together with prioritizing the development of a reliable and safe public water supply to provide actual water security as a basic proper for the folks of Haiti. Since the January 2010 earthquake, 744,000 people throughout Haiti have change into sick from cholera and almost 9,000 have died.
As we speak we are the biggest nongovernment well being care supplier in Haiti, serving an space of four.5 million individuals with a workers of greater than 5,200 Haitians. We opened College Hospital in Mirebalais, a 200,000-square foot, 300-mattress teaching hospital that gives a stage of care never earlier than out there at a public facility in Haiti. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim co-taught ‘Introduction to Social Medicine’ to all first-year medical students.