Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Harvard and Haiti: A Collaborative Response to the January 12 Earthquake

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Ophilia Dahl, Paul Farmer, and colleagues from Partners In Health (PIH) and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School provide an update on the situation in Haiti since the January 12 earthquake. PIH's activism, research, and health care delivery is guided by a commitment to 'pragmatic solidarity' - a commitment to struggle alongside the destitute sick and against the economic and political structures that cause and perpetuate poverty and ill health.

As the Harvard Medical School website explains, this approach positioned PIH as an essential partner for primary health care following the earthquake: "Working alongside the [Haitian] Ministry of Health to serve a catchment area of 1.2 million people, PIH has become one of the largest health care providers in the country. PIH had more than 100 doctors, 600 nurses, and a total of 4,000 employees on the ground in Haiti working from twelve existing PIH medical facilities in Haiti before the earthquake struck on January 12."
For more information on Partners In Health, visit the Health and Social Justice Video Network and www.pih.org.