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July 8th, 2010
06:02 PM ET

Haiti health care improving, still dicey

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

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Access to health care has improved in Haiti, but the everyday situation remains precarious for thousands of Haitians nearly six months after a devastating earthquake struck the country, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The medical humanitarian organization released a report on Thursday, outlining its response to the disaster and current living conditions for Haitians.

The country is in need of permanent structures to deliver health care, says Dr. Hans van Dillen, a head of mission for MSF. 60 percent of the country’s hospitals collapsed during the earthquake and many health care workers were killed, injured or fled the country according to the report. So far, doctors and nurses have been providing medical care out of tents and other semi-permanent facilities while the Ministry of Health works to rebuild the country’s medical infrastructure.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Sanjay Gupta
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  1. K S Verdi, San Antonio, TX

    Thank you for covering Haiti. Army South will send my husband there for the second time since the earthquate in a couple of weeks.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Pierre

    It seems as if the world forget about Haiti and its people. Only God knows what the future hold for us. Let's keep praying is all I can ask from everyone cares. And thank you AC for your love and support that you've shown since day one.

    July 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm |

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