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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Beyond Medical Care

Beyond Medical Care

The Health of the Nation

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Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on health care in Haiti in the post-earthquake period. Public health and medical care are two arenas in which the earthquake amplified preexisting social catastrophes. The state of Haiti's Ministry of Public Health reflected the country's health care after the earthquake. The quake also destroyed eight major hospitals and seriously damaged twenty-two more, in addition to medical and nursing schools. Before disaster struck, the country had about twenty-five physicians and eleven nurses for every 100,000 people. The quake killed hundreds of doctors and nurses, along with other health care workers. The author first provides an overview of health care in post-earthquake Haiti before discussing the links between politics and health. She then considers issues regarding health care access and goes on to describe the work of two organizations, Partners in Health and the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family Health.

Keywords:   health care, Haiti, earthquake, public health, Ministry of Public Health, hospitals, Partners in Health, Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family Health

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