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Disco Town Hall: Join the Conversation on Health, Human Rights and Social Justice in Haiti

 Hello Boston!  Join Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, Joia Mukherjee of Partners In Health and Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti on September 15 from 11:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. at Great Scott in Allston, MA to talk about healthcare and human rights in Haiti. Ticket: $5 per person, age: 21+      

Building Health: An Interview with Jim Ansara

The Boston Network for International Development published an insightful interview with Jim Ansara, an IJDH adviser, collaborator and supporter. This interview explores “sustainability” in an incredibly interesting way. Jim has worked side by side with  Partners In Health (PIH) to build a community hospital in Mirebalais located in Haiti’s Central Plateau. It is the largest employer in central Haiti and the largest solar-powered hospital in the world. Build Health International founded by Jim Ansara, is a private operating foundation addressing the unique challenges of building healthcare infrastructure projects in remote and under resourced settings. Read More HERE Building Health: An Interview with Jim Ansara JON: Obviously I have gotten to know you a bit over the last few years and I am quite familiar with your work especially in connection with Partners in Health (PIH), but I wonder if we could […]

Cholera Victims Press for Individual Compensation

As the United Nations winds down its 13-year peacekeeping in Haiti,  the victims of cholera demand that the organization fulfills the promise it made to the Haitian people nearly a year ago. The U.N. promised to raise $400 million to fund its New Approach to cholera in Haiti which included individual compensation to the most affected families. Brian Concannon, the Executive Director of  Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti urged the U.N. to consult with cholera victims before making its final decision.“Moving forward with only community projects without consulting Haitians will not be accepted in Haiti and will not effectively address the harms that have been suffered by victims,” Concannon said. Join our Time 2Deliver campaign to urge the U.N. to deliver on its promise and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund if it has not […]

Sexual Violence in Haiti is increasingly becoming a Public Health Issue

Sexual Violence in Haiti has become an increasingly heightened issue against women, children and toddlers. Due to limited health services being provided for victims of sexual violence, many claim that sexual violence in Haiti is indeed a public health problem considering emergency contraception and antiretroviral drugs to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS are needed as well as further medical treatment. Read Full Article HERE Sexual violence in Haiti is a public health problem: charity Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rampant sexual violence in Haiti against women and children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more care made available for survivors, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Most of the 1,300 survivors of sexual violence who had been treated at one clinic run by MSF in the […]

After Hurricane Matthew, UN cholera threatens Haiti

In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti, sickening more than 700,000, and killing over 9,000 people. As of Sunday, Port-Salut HCR Hospital started to see more cases of cholera, which is a water-borne disease. “Cholera is going to spread, no doubt,” said Mario Joseph of BAI-IJDH, who sued the UN on behalf of Haitian cholera victims. After Hurricane Matthew, cholera is once again threatening storm-ravaged Haiti by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 9th, 2016 PORT-SALUT, HAITI . Before Hurricane Matthew’s apocalyptic plow through this one-time tourist haven on Haiti’s southwest coast, Port-Salut’s small hospital hadn’t seen a cholera case in three months. On Sunday, as Haiti faced the double threat of starvation and cholera — the deadly water-borne disease that since 2010 has sickened more than 700,000 and killed over 9,000 — Port-Salut HCR Hospital was once again starting to see cholera cases. […]

UN Secretary General Expresses Regret Over Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the cholera epidemic in Haiti during his opening address to the UN General Assembly.  Ban expresses his “tremendous regret” in regards to the outbreak, but had first acknowledged in 2014 the UN’s “moral responsibility” to provide aid to those affected by the outbreak.  Recently a spokesperson said that the UN was putting together a “significant new set of actions” to help Haiti in the fight against the cholera epidemic. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. UN chief feels ‘regret and sorrow’ over Haiti cholera outbreak Jaqueline Charles, Miami Herald September 20, 2016 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday expressed “tremendous regret,” over the cholera outbreak in Haiti as part of his opening address to the United Nations General Assembly. “I feel tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians […]

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