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Haiti - Health : Mayard Paul inaugurates a rural clinic in Veron, Dominican Republic
28/02/2012 11:07:54

Haiti - Health : Mayard Paul inaugurates a rural clinic in Veron, Dominican Republic
Me Thierry Mayard-Paul, the Minister of Interior and his Chief of Staff, representing Haiti's President Michel Martelly, attended the inauguration of the Rural Clinic of Veron in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the only primary care facility serving the local community, where 60% of its patients are Haitians.

Dominican businessman Frank Rainieri, president of Punta Cana Group, and also member of Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Investment and whose Puntacana Foundation led reconstruction of the clinic, a representative from the Dominican Ministry of Health, as well as the clinic's medical director, were on hand at the inauguration.

"The Veron clinic is an excellent example of social infrastructure projects that make decentralization a reality" declared Mayard-Paul. "These are the types of projects that we need to promote in Haiti's heartland so that people can stay in their hometowns, have access to primary social services, and local economies can thrive."

The populations of Veron and the surrounding communities have grown dramatically in recent years and the pace of growth far outstripped the capacity of the existing medical and educational facilities. "The clinic is just one element of a holistic program, which seeks to improve the community and the quality of life of all its residents and the surrounding areas," declared Rainieri. "The initiative includes educational, environmental and health programs, and integrates the entire population so we can continue to provide excellent service [...]"

The Rural Clinic of Veron is financed and managed by a private-public partnership, which includes the Puntacana Foundation; Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia; the Dominican Ministry of Public Health and Veron's Neighborhood Association.

Mayard-Paul highlighted that these are the type of innovative financing and operation programs that the Haitian government, through the Ministry of the Interior, seeks to put in place "because they integrate all the actors working toward a common goal, shared responsibility and benefits for everyone."

Mayard-Paul and Rainieri, also discussed potential cooperation in Haiti to further decentralization, including community and eco-friendly programs in tourism destinations.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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