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Minister of health in Haiti Alex Larsen

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy, USNS Comfort Public Affairs

3/5/2010 USNS COMFORT, At Anchor (NNS) -- The Haitian Minister of Health visited the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) March 4 to express his gratitude for the extraordinary efforts of the crew in response to the earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this year. Four days after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake shocked the Caribbean nation, Comfort set sail for Port-au-Prince to provide medical care and lifesaving aid to victims of one of the worst disasters to hit Haiti in 200 years.

"The United States answered the call very early," said Minister of Health Dr. Alex Larsen. "The United States came to help us, and we don't know how to really thank you." While aboard Comfort, Larsen toured the casualty receiving area where the first Haitian nationals were triaged Jan. 19 before the ship had even arrived off the nation's coast. Larsen also saw Comfort's extensive operating suite and met with the surgery team, who conducted 843 surgeries in a little more than five weeks time.

"The only thing I can do, from the bottom of my heart, is say thank you from the Haitian people," Larsen said. Following the tour of shipboard spaces, Larsen spoke to crew members and presented the ship's master, Capt. Robert Holley, and Comfort medical treatment facility commanding officer, Capt. James Ware, with small gift symbolizing Haiti's deep gratitude.

"In the name of Republic of Haiti's government, the Haitian public and myself, I would like to present a plaque to thank the entire crew and all of those who have helped Haiti aboard the ship," Larsen said. Ware and Holley also presented gifts to Larsen signifying the United State's commitment to their friendship with Haiti. "USNS Comfort was one of many different avenues of medical care that were provided rapidly after the earthquake," Ware said. "I'm very proud to be able to represent our country and the health care providers here on the ship." Since arriving in Haiti, Comfort's team provided critical care for 871 patients and saved countless lives through timely medical evacuations and treatment that would have been otherwise unavailable. More than 1,200 Sailors, civilian mariners and nongovernmental volunteers from Comfort have helped provide aid during Operation Unified Response, a USAID-led multinational relief effort in conjunction with the government of Haiti to begin the steps toward recovery from January's catastrophe. To date military forces attached to the Joint Task Force in Haiti have provided just over 2.6 million bottles of water, 2.2 million meals, and 149,000 pounds of medical supplies.

Alex Larsen minister of health in Haiti

U.S. Government Officials and Haitian Ministry of Health Discuss Next Phase of Medical and Public Health Support in Haiti

February 24, 2010

Response focuses on addressing public health risks and building capacity within Haiti to provide ongoing care for earthquake survivor:

Dr. Ron Waldman, U.S. Government Medical/Health Emergency Coordinator, Rear Admiral Alton Mike' Stocks, Joint Task Force Haiti Surgeon, and the Haitian Ministry of Health discussed the changing medical and public health needs in Haiti as a result of the January 12 earthquake.

We are in the process of moving from a response that focused primarily on taking care of patients who were injured in the earthquake to one that prevents the widespread occurrence of communicable diseases, that provides people with decent living conditions, and that hopefully will be able to restore Haitians to a more normal social, economic, and political life, said Dr. Waldman. As part of this process, the U.S. remains fully committed to ensuring that Haitian health care facilities can build on the U.S. and international assistance provided over the last several weeks, and, with the support of NGOs, meet the medical needs of the population. We do so with the full understanding that this will be a long process that will require the full cooperation and coordination of the international community but that, fundamentally, it must be led by the Haitian people and their government, Waldman said.

Rear Admiral Stocks discussed how civilian partners are increasing their medical capabilities, in both the Haitian government as well as nongovernmental organizations.

A great example of our success is the steady decline of patients convalescing onboard the hospital ship, USNS COMFORT, said Rear Admiral Stocks. Over the last ten days we have seen over a 65% reduction in the number of patients as they transfer to home or local hospitals.

The U.S. continues to work with the Haitian government, and the international community, to build capacity within Haiti to provide ongoing care for earthquake survivors, and address the threat of potential public health hazards from overcrowding, poor sanitation, and the coming rain season.

Partners In Health, the Boston-based global health initiative that has been the face of health care in Haiti after January's devastating earthquake, is building a new teaching hospital there.

The 320-bed, seven-building hospital will rise in Mirebalais in the rural Central Plateau, a 45-minute drive away on a newly paved road from the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. It will become a national referral center when it opens at the end of next year, seeing as many patients as all 12 current Partners In Health clinics combined.

The new hospital will also train doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Teaching hospitals were among the 60 to 70 percent of health care facilities destroyed by the earthquake.

The project is the biggest in the 23-year history of Partners In Health.

It's ambitious, Dr. David Walton, the group's deputy chief of mission in Haiti and a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said today. We are dealing with a tragedy that is unprecedented, so our response has to be unprecedented. This hospital is really going to be a centerpiece of our earthquake response.

Partners In Health had been planning to build a 108-bed hospital in Mirebalais that would bring comprehensive primary and prenatal care to more than 160,000 people in the region, treating people suffering from tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, and malnutrition. But after the earthquake, the Haitian Ministry of Health asked the organization to expand its plan, ultimately adding improved diagnostic capabilities, an intensive care unit, and six operating rooms equipped for thoracic surgery.

While private hospitals in Haiti offer such facilities, they are beyond the reach of most Haitians, 80 percent of whom live on less than $2 a day, Walton said. The new hospital, which will cost Partners In Health $15 million to build, will treat all Haitians. Partners In Health has raised $85 million for Haiti earthquake relief.

Walton echoed President Bill Clinton's words as UN special envoy to Haiti when he said this project will help Haiti build back better. Partners In Health is working with its longtime Haitian sister organization, Zanmi Lasante, on clinical care. On medical education, it has formed alliances with such US medical schools as Duke and Dartmouth, Walton said, in addition to its original relationships with Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The effects of the quake will be felt for years if not decades to come, he said.

Hon. Henri Claude VOLTAIRE, Minister of Public Health and Population of the Republic of Haiti will visit Taiwan on March 31

Hon. Henri Claude VOLTAIRE, Minister of Public Health and Population of the Republic of Haiti, and his associate Mr. Claude SURENA will be arriving in Taiwan on March 31, 2003 for a five-day visit.
During the visit, they will call on Mr. TWU Shing-jer, Minister of the Department of Health, Ms. LEE Cher-jean, Deputy Director General of the Government Information Office, Mr. Francisco L. Y. HWANG, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and attend the dinner hosted by Vice Minister HWANG. They will also visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center, National Taiwan University Hospital, Embassy of the Republic of Haiti, Taroko National Park, National Palace Museum and other cultural and economic establishments.
Minister VOLTAIRE is scheduled to depart from Taipei on April 4. (E)

map of Haiti regions

Haiti is divided into ten departments. The departments are listed below, with the departmental capital cities in parentheses.

1. Artibonite (Gonaives)
2. Centre (Hinche)
3. Grand'Anse (Jeremie)
4. Nippes (Miragoane)
5. Nord (Cap-Haitien)
6. Nord-Est (Fort-Liberte)
7. Nord-Ouest (Port-de-Paix)
8. Ouest (Port-au-Prince)
9. Sud-Est (Jacmel)
10. Sud (Les Cayes)

The departments are further divided into 41 arrondissements, and 133 communes, which serve as second- and third-level administrative divisions.

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