Saturday, January 23, 2010

Haiti: Going Beyond Emergency Care (1/23/10) | Doctors Without Borders

While they say there is no decrease in demand for medical services, this is more evidence of what Pat said as well as HODR's Jeremy Joslin both have said: the mix has changed and now doctors can work on follow-ups and other issues, and less of life saving emergency surgeries.

Haiti: Going Beyond Emergency Care (1/23/10) | Doctors Without Borders:

"In the immediate aftermath of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focused on emergency surgery and life-saving interventions. Now, though, some MSF teams are seeing more patients who need care for pre-existing conditions and for infections or complications affecting wounds they couldn’t get treated properly. This is not to say that the overall need for medical services is declining. Quite the opposite, in fact. There are now large numbers of Haitians who need post-operative care. And despite the tremendous damage done to Haiti’s already limited health infrastructure, there is still the same demand for treatment of chronic conditions, obstetric services, and primary health care that existed before the earthquake."

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