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Dirty and Dangerous: Strike Exposes Haiti's Crumbling Hospitals


Two months into a strike, Haiti's five public hospitals stand near-deserted, unable to provide emergency services (AFP Photo/Hector Retamal)

AFP - - by Amalie Baron - May 18, 2016

When a pregnant woman died outside one of Haiti's major public hospitals in Port-au-Prince last week, her family and neighbors lashed out in despair and anger.

The expectant mother was an indirect casualty of a two-month strike by doctors no longer willing to tolerate a chronic lack of basic supplies and unsafe work conditions which they say endanger their patients' lives.




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Delivery of supplies not enough to end Haiti hospital strike

AP - by DAVID McFADDEN - May 12, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The health ministry delivered a truckload of medical supplies to Haiti's biggest public hospital Thursday, but resident doctors said it wouldn't come close to ending a strike that has spread through the economically straitened health system.


Pregnant Woman Dies at Haiti Hospital Amid Strike by Staff - by The Associated Press - May 4, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead at the gates of Haiti's largest public hospital after failing to get help Wednesday amid a weeks-old strike by resident doctors, nurses and other staff. . . .

. . . Public hospitals primarily serve Haiti's poor and have been crippled by the strike. Doctors, nurses and maintenance staff have walked off the job to protest a chronic dearth of even the most basic medical supplies, dismal pay and unsafe working conditions.


Haiti’s Public Hospitals On Strike

Thirty-Two Year Old Man Lying in Emergency Department Waiting Area of St. Catherine Laboure Hospital in Cite Soleil–July 22, 2013 (Photo by John Carroll) - by John Carroll - May 20, 2016

In the mid 80’s I had never been to the largest public hospital in Port-au-Prince. It is named L’Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti and referred to as the General Hospital. One afternoon I asked a physician friend of mine to show me the hospital but he refused. He said the hospital was so dysfunctional and in such disarray that he did not want me to see it.

Since that afternoon 30 years ago I have been to the General Hospital many times and it is safe to say that it has not improved.