It is our first full day in Haiti. As a global health fellow with UCSF I have traveled here with global health fellows across the country to be introduced to Partners in Health (PIH) and to Haiti. We were brought to a crude wooden shelter.
Though there have been regular reports in the American press covering the expanding Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone it has not caused the public panic of Swine Flu or SARS of recent past.
A criticism we heard recently from a residency program director in New York was that when his residents head to JFK airport to practice global health work in a remote area in Haiti, they pass several poor communities with limited health care on the drive over that would love their commitment. From where the global health movement has emerged, this criticism is very relevant. (more…)