A Beacon of Hope in Haiti
As the Partners In Health "Build Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti" project comes to a close, we extend our sincere gratitude for your partnership in this extraordinary accomplishment, which brings hope and health care to the people of Haiti. While the completion and opening of the hospital represents an enormous milestone in building back better in Haiti, we still have our work cut out for us: training employees, operating the hospital, and continuing to provide high-quality health care in all of the communities we serve in Haiti.
Though this particular project will soon be retired, we hope that you continue to partner with us in our work in Haiti by supporting one of our other projects on GlobalGiving: Equip the New Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti (#7074), Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery (#4568), Childhood Malnutrition in Haiti (#2485), or Help Partners In Health Respond to the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti (#6629).
We are excited to share the email below from Ophelia Dahl, sent to PIH supporters just like you, who make our work possible:
For many of us at Partners In Health, the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti this month was a time of somber reflection as we mourned the friends, colleagues, and family members lost on Jan. 12, 2010.
Amid the sadness, we have hopeful news to share: in March, the national teaching hospital we built in the wake of the earthquake, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, will—in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health—open its doors to patients.
Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) is our most ambitious undertaking yet, and it will be the capstone of a public health system that we have worked to strengthen for 25 years. A 300-bed teaching and research hospital in Mirebalais, just 30 miles from Port-au-Prince, HUM is already a beacon of hope in Haiti and beyond.
Of course, getting the hospital open is just the beginning. Running the first university teaching hospital in Central Haiti will be an enormous ongoing commitment and an important investment in Haiti's future. The opening in March is a major milestone, and we're grateful to the many supporters, friends, and partners who have made it possible.
Designed after the earthquake at the request of the Haitian government, HUM will offer high-quality, advanced care to patients and serve as a center of teaching and training for the next generation of Haitian health care providers.
There is much to celebrate about HUM: the beautiful, mosaic-filled children's ward; the 1,800 solar panels that are expected to provide 100 percent of the hospital's electricity during peak daylight hours; the 800 permanent jobs that will be created.
This beautiful hospital is a testament to the countless partnerships that made it possible, including yours. Please take a look:
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