Monday, September 15, 2008

Humanitarian Disaster in Haiti -- Partners In Health

In the midst of Karina, Fanny & Freddie, Pigs, Lipstick, Chunnel fires, train crashes and now Black Monday we may have forgotten Haiti. Partners in Health, however, has not. Click here to read or watch the interview with PIH co-founder Paul Farmer on Democracy Now. And click here to find out more about Partners in Health (or to donate).

Here is an excerpt from an email I received from Ophelia Dahl, PIH co-founder:
As many as 1,000 people have died, although the true death toll will be impossible to tally as many bodies are being hurriedly buried in mass graves. An estimated 1 million, almost 12% of the country’s population, have been left homeless. Many of the country’s major roads, already poor in quality, are badly deteriorated or washed out entirely, and key bridges have been destroyed. Whole cities have flooded, including Gona├»ves in the Artibonite Valley and Hinche in the Central Plateau.

I highly recommend this book Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder (who as I found out in one of my most supremely embarrassing moments, is a man, not a woman).

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