It has been 10 years since a massive earthquake struck Haiti killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving more than a million homeless. The quake all but destroyed the country’s healthcare system. A decade later, it remains in ruins. 

It’s estimated that 40 per cent of the population lacks access to healthcare. A clear example of this is the new Hospital of the State University of Haiti. The hospital, near downtown Port-au-Prince, was one of the first projects approved for Haiti’s reconstruction following the catastrophic earthquake. However, the doors to the new facility have yet to open and there are fears that if, and when they do, Haiti won’t be able to afford the cost of running it. As the Miami Herald reports, 87 per cent of the health ministry’s operational budget goes to salaries, which leaves very little money to support the country’s public hospitals.

On this episode of The Stream we dive into why Haiti’s healthcare system remains crippled.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Sandra Lamarque, @msf
Haiti Head of Mission Doctors Without Borders

Franck Généus
President, Private Hospital Association of Haiti

Dr. Inobert Pierre, @StBonifaceHaiti
Director General – Haiti Operations, St. Boniface Hospital

Read more: 
Haiti's biggest hospital still not built 10 years after quake. That's not the worst of it - Miami Herald 
St. Bonafice hospital, a beacon of hope in post-quake Haiti - CBS News 
Victims still struggle 10 years after Haiti earthquake - Al Jazeera 

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