Health Concerns in Haiti
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Contributed Date: February 19 2011 at 12:14
Special Briefing by: USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden And USAID Haiti Mission Director Carleene Dei.
MR. TONER: Thank you and good afternoon. And thanks once again for joining us. As many of you know, this is the third of three briefings that we’ve set up in advance of Wednesday’s one-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti. This particular briefing will look at strategies and logistics for saving lives, including treatment and prevention of cholera, HIV/AIDS, as well as other health concerns that the U.S. and its partners are addressing on the ground in Haiti.
We’re very fortunate to be joined today by Donald Steinbeg, who is the USAID Deputy Administrator, as well as Ambassador Eric Goosby, who is the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator here at State; Dr. Thomas Frieden, who is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control; and finally, in Port-au-Prince, Carleene Dei, who is the USAID’s Mission Director in Haiti...
AMBASSADOR GOOSBY: In the coming year, the U.S. Government will continue to support its longstanding AIDS programs while simultaneously supporting the Haitian Ministry of Health’s efforts to build its primary healthcare system. We’re pleased to report that by May, 2010, the number of patients on AIDS treatment at sites supported by PEPFAR was back up to close to 95 percent of its pre-earthquake levels.
We’ve also been working with the Haitian Government and other international partners to establish a plan to rebuild Haiti’s public healthcare system. As one component of our support, we will partner with the governments of Haiti and France to reconstruct the university hospital in the center of Port-au-Prince, which will provide medical, nursing, pharmacy, and other allied health professional training.
As part of the Global Health Initiative, the United States is also adding services to the PEPFAR platform to provide care for people with disabilities, continued support for child protection and comprehensive health services, including maternal child health and family planning services.
But in light of all this, there’s clearly no doubt that there is still much work to be done. The devastation is still being felt virtually in every community in Haiti. Americans really should be proud of their country’s involvement in trying to add and enhance the help that’s afforded, but the effort is far from over. I think this anniversary, one year post-earthquake, should serve as a reminder that progress can be made and we can achieve real good and clean outcomes that we really, from day one, again, have an eye to really strengthening the larger healthcare delivery system...
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