Rebuilding Haiti

Posted By: Anonymous | Date Posted: December 29, 2011, 2:15 PM

Healthcare Leaders Join Forces to Help Haiti

A collaboration led by Paul Farmer of Partners In Health promises a first of its kind rehabilitation treatment and training center in Haiti.

Unveiling plans for a new rehabilitation and training center in St. Marc, Haiti, Paul Farmer, Partners In Health co-founder and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, called the project the “fruit of the partnership model” from which Partners In Health takes its name.

The project is a collaboration between Partners In Health, Partners HealthCare, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and Shepley Bulfinch architects. Plans for the new facility, show a two-story building wrapped by a ramp that provides second-floor access and is cooled using natural ventilation. The 6,700 square foot building is designed to be earthquake and hurricane resistant.

The impact of the new facility will reach far beyond the hospital grounds and the city of St. Marc: as Haiti’s first universally accessible rehabilitation facility in the Ministry of Health system, it will establish new national standards for rehabilitative care.

Spaulding, led by Dr. Andree LeRoy, is developing a nine-month program to train paraprofessional healthcare staff at the center with a curriculum that builds on materials developed by Health Volunteers Overseas. “We intend to create a new cadre of healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Farmer. Speaking to the transformative impact of rehabilitation on the lives of Haitians with disabilities enabling them to engage more wholly in society, Dr. Koji
Nakashima of Partners In Health said, “It’s not enough to save lives, it’s important to save livelihoods.”

The hospital in St. Marc has a projected completion date in March 2012. The center’s education and training program will begin housed in temporary quarters until the facility opens.

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