(L-R): Dr Peter Wright, Dr Barth Green, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Dr Henri Ford
By Joseph Guyler Delva
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and representatives of the Miami-based Project Medishare announced on Monday the construction of a new world-class nation-wide critical care and trauma network to help cope with preventable causes of death in the Caribbean country.
Lamothe said his government was very grateful to Medishare, which is coordinating efforts to materialize and fast-track the new life-saving project in Haiti, where the Miami-based NGO has already been involved with one of the busiest and most trusted health facility, Bernard Mevs Hospital, in the Haitian capital.
"The Haitian government is very supportive and grateful for all the good work Project Medishare is doing in Haiti," Lamothe told HCNN on Monday.
"We are giving our utmost support to their project because they are offering great care to so many Haitians, include those living in extreme poverty who would not have been able to afford healthcare costs," said Lamothe.
He explained that the new project -- which is a partnership between the Haitian government, Bernard Mevs Hospital and Project Medishare -- will help Haiti deliver better healthcare to Haitians not only in the capital through the construction of a new trauma hospital, but around the country.
The head of Project Medishare, Dr Barth Green, said the national safety net project will help significantly reduce fatalities in cases involving five preventable causes of death in Haiti, which are major trauma, heart attack, stroke, severe burns and maternal emergencies.
"Today was a very important day for the lives of Haitian citizens because the discussions with Prime Minister Lamothe move the project one step closer to becoming reality," Green told HCNN.
"At this historic meeting, healthcare security was considered just as important as civil security as Haiti moves towards a national strategy of industrialization and decentralization," said Green, who headed the delegation to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.
The construction of the new nationwide trauma network, which will cost between $70 and 80 million, will be funded by international donors and Haitian private and public sectors.
"This historic private-public partnership will not only look towards international donors, but also towards the private business sector to join hands with the government to make this happens," Green explained.
The delegation also included representatives of the University of Southern California, Dartmouth University and University of Miami, and other representatives of Project Medishare, such as Dr Henri Ford, Dr Elizabeth Greig and Jenna Green.
Jerry and Marlon Bitar, two prominent Haitian doctors, who oversee operations at the Bernard Mevs Hospital, also attended the meeting, which took place at the office of Prime Minister Lamothe.