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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 3, 2015

Rebuilding Haiti’s Health System

JAMA. 2015;313(9):886. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0702

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that leveled Haiti on January 12, 2010, not only left 200 000 dead, it toppled the country’s already weak health system, leaving millions in need of urgent medical care. But 5 years after the earthquake, Haiti’s public health system has emerged stronger than before.

The United States has invested approximately $1 billion to rebuild Haiti’s health infrastructure, an effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with partners such as Catholic Relief Services’ AIDSrelief and Partners in Health.