International Health Care Disparities: Haiti - Pamela Noel, MD
Dr. Pamela Noel speaks about infectious disease healthcare in Haiti, including HIV, Tuberculosis, and the effects of the recent earthquake and cholera outbreak in the setting of poverty. She touches on the structure of the country’s education and healthcare systems and economy – Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas, with 80% of the population living under the poverty line, while 80% of the country’s college graduates leave the country. The healthcare system is mostly located in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, with most of the population having very limited access to care. Dr. Noel talks about the epidemiology behind, causes of premature deaths, HIV and TB in Haiti, as well as current and future efforts to control the infections. She goes on to speak about the damage to the infrastructure due to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, aid efforts, and continuing aftereffects, especially the increase in MDR TB and the cholera outbreak.