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J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jul;24(4):1244-7. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31828dce28.

Disseminating surgery effectively and efficiently in Haiti.

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Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06510, USA.


The need for surgical care in Haiti remains vast despite the enormous relief efforts after the earthquake in 2010. As the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti lacks the necessary infrastructure to provide surgical care to its inhabitants. In light of this, a multidisciplinary approach led by Partners In Health and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is improving the access to surgical care and offering treatment of a broad spectrum of pathology. This article discusses how postearthquake Haiti partnerships involving academic institutions can alleviate the surgical burden of disease and, in the process, serve as a profound educational experience for the academic community. The lessons learned from Haiti prove applicable in other resource-constrained settings and invaluable for the next generation of surgeons.

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