The health care delivery crisis in Haiti

Arthur M. Fournier, Michel Dodard

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Background and Objectives: This article documents the history, politics, and economics that have contributed to a health care delivery crisis in Haiti and why family medicine will be crucial for the recovery of Haiti's health care. Since the United Nations intervention, there has been some improvement in health conditions. However, the embargo and political turmoil left little infrastructure on which to build. Developing family medicine, one of the priorities of the Ministry of Health, will reverse traditional forces that favor emigration and specialization and will provide the country with well- trained physicians who can treat most of the common health problems of Haiti. These common preventable and treatable problems are now contributing to short life expectancy and high infant mortality. While the ultimate responsibility for Haiti's health rests with Haitian health professionals, the country has an immediate need for international humanitarian assistance, particularly for general medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)666-669
Number of pages4
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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