Medical Response in Haiti

Several Articles of interest on the topic.
1. March 2010 Recovering from Disaster — Partners in Health and the Haitian Earthquake Viewed as a whole, the international medical response to Haiti’s catastrophe has been praiseworthy, grand in scale, and successful in alleviating some of the suffering and in saving many lives. But it has been far from good enough. PIH clinicians tell me that the current estimates of 200,000 dead seem likely to be accurate, and they add that many thousands would not have died if they had received medical care in time. One reason for delay was the clustering of Haitian government offices and international organizations in the capital city, near the earthquake’s epicenter. That is, Haiti lost a lot of the resources that could have been used to marshal a more effective response. But many of those resources weren’t very good to begin with. Haiti’s vulnerability to disasters stems fundamentally from poverty. This poverty is both material and institutional and is manifested not only in buildings made with unreinforced concrete but also in a Ministry of Health that in the aftermath of the earthquake lacked buildings, vehicles, Internet access, computers, and even pens and paper.
Read more here from the New England Journal of Medicine:

2. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 Medical Response to Haiti’s Quake, Hard Lessons Learned
Unnecessary amputations and the shock to Haiti’s national health system after last January’s earthquake could have been prevented by better preparation and coordination by the thousands of aid organizations that flooded Haiti in 2010, says a one-year assessment report by U.K. medical charity Merlin.

A year after the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, relief organizations are looking back and evaluating the results of their efforts.
Read more here from the Epoch Times:


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