Haiti - Health : Brazil contributes to the construction of three health units in Bon Repos
In partnership with the Cuban government, Brazil will also build a laboratory for orthotics and prosthetics in the same place. Also, in the town of Bon Repos, will be built the Community Hospital of Reference, an emergency care unit. The three institutions will serve a population of about 250,000 people.
With the January 2010 earthquake, the number of amputees has reached over 7,000. Most of them have lost limbs. The Brazilian government will hire about 50 Haitian professionals in the field of health to work at the Rehabilitation Institute. They will be paid with funds from the Brazilian Cooperation Agency. The Albert Einstein Institute, Brazil, will offer training to Haitian professionals.
In this set of initiatives, the Ministry of Health of Brazil has donated in August 30 ambulances equipped, in addition to providing technical training through its Mobile Emergency Service (SAMU) to structure a national system of emergency care in Haiti. Also in August have been given by the Ministry of Health 360 tonnes of ringer's solution, an essential drug for the treatment of moderate and severe cases of cholera and 350,000 equipment (complete articles for the application of serum), ready for the fight against cholera in Haiti. http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-3623-haiti-health-30-ambulances-and-360-tons-of-medicines-donation-of-brazil.html
These initiatives have also complied with the commitments taken by Brazil during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding Brazil, Cuba and Haiti to strengthen health systems and epidemiological surveillance in Haiti, signed March 27, 2010. With the Memorandum of Understanding, the Ministries of Health of the three countries committed themselves together for the reconstruction of the health sector in Haiti, after the earthquake of 2010.
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From left to right: Chief of the International Office of the Ministry of Health of Brazil, the Ambassador Eduardo Barbosa, the first lady of Haiti, Sophia Martelly, the Haitian Minister of Public Health and Population, Alex Larsen and the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and population in Haiti, Gabriel Thimothé.