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Thomson Reuters Foundation Examines Efforts To Train Doctors, Nurses In Haiti

The Thomson Reuters Foundation examines “a new crop of doctors hoping to fill the acute shortage of doctors in Haiti and take the lead in reviving a health sector still struggling to recover from the massive earthquake that flattened the capital Port-au-Prince in January 2010.” The news service notes “there are only 0.25 doctors for every 1,000 Haitians, while in neighboring Dominican Republic there are 1.88 doctors per 1,000 people.” The news service profiles the Mirebalais University Hospital, a “300-bed teaching hospital, with more than 30 outpatient consulting rooms, and six operating rooms, [which] is a joint project involving [Partners in Health (PIH)] and its sister group, Zanmi Lasante, with a $5.5 million donation from the American Red Cross and other NGOs and private donors” (Moloney, 12/17).

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