Rwanda A Model for Haiti, Says U.N. Envoy Paul Farmer
WI Staff Writer | 2/3/2010, 11:50 a.m.
U.N. Envoy Paul Farmer
Special to the NNPA from the GIN
(GIN) €" With a distinguished record of service bringing medical care around the world, Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, assessed the current delivery of aid to earthquake victims during a brief radio interview broadcast this week.€
€Coordination is very difficult, as I€m sure you have seen already. There are so many balkanized, fissured groups trying to do good, that it is very difficult for the government or the U.N. or any organization to coordinate them. And then I said delivery because it seems to me, having worked here a long time, that delivery is always the stumbling point.,€ Farmer said.
He said initially medical efforts were focused on trauma, orthopedics and the acute of those who were injured in the earthquake. €But now we€re going to have to have rehab medicine, a lot better post-op nursing,€ Farmer said.
The real challenge, Farmer said, is going to be rebuilding in Port-au-Prince and further south. A massive rebuilding of public health infrastructure including hospitals, clinics, healthposts is needed. €And that€s going to require significant investment of capital, human capital, but it€s going to create lots of jobs. That€s what€s needed most - jobs.€€
€Now is a time to rethink public infrastructure, rethink the city.€
When asked about a successful example of the kind of rebuilding he€s prescribed for Haiti, Dr. Farmer had a ready answer: Rwanda, torn by genocide and civil war, now stable and even sending aid to Haiti. Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health (Haiti), and Inshuti Mu Buzima (Rwanda) is recommending a 10-year rebuilding program for Haiti.