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International response risks undermining Haiti’s health system, warns relief agency

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 12 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d182
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Despite one of the largest aid operations in recent years Haiti still faces a serious health and humanitarian crisis one year after it was devastated by an earthquake. In a new report on the lessons learnt from the emergency the medical relief agency Merlin calls for a “more coordinated, collaborative approach” to future disaster responses.

Merlin says that how the humanitarian community works with national health systems needs to be rethought, because “one unintended consequence of this international goodwill has been to undermine the capacity of local health workers.”

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 was the biggest urban disaster in modern history. An estimated …

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