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Partners In Health builds new hospital in Haiti

When the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Partners In Health was one of the first responders on the scene. This longtime charitable partner of GreaterGood.org has worked for more than 20 years in Haiti, not only providing healthcare to its poorest residents but also employment to hundreds of Haitian healthworkers.

Construction begins on Mirebalais Hospital, PIH photoOn July 3, 2010, Partners In Health and their Haitian partner Zanmi Lasante broke ground for a new hospital. The Mirebalais Hospital will serve as a world-class teaching hospital and an important part of PIH's ongoing efforts to improve Haiti’s public health sector. When complete, the hospital will have 320 beds and will offer clinical facilities not available at any public site in the country.

 “For some of us, this hospital is the culmination of a dream dating back a quarter-century, and underlines our commitment to the country and people of Haiti, which is stronger than ever after the earthquake," said Dr. Paul Farmer, one of the founders of Partners In Health, " It is also a manifestation of our integrated model of research, teaching and service, and will serve as a site for all three. Mirebalais is being developed by a broad coalition which includes hundreds of individuals, several foundations, private corporations, Harvard teaching hospitals including Brigham and Women’s, Harvard Medical School, and of course our Haitian colleagues at ZL and the Ministry of Health. We are fortunate to be building upon the lessons learned in ZL's long experience of building infrastructure in Haiti, and to have the support of many old and new partners in this essential effort.”

To learn more about how you can support Partners In Health's continuing work in Haiti, please click here.  To read more about GreaterGood.org's support of PIH's response to the Haitian earthquake, please click here.
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