MSF Seeks Free Health Care for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Medecins Sans Frontieres is urging donors attending the high-level Haiti conference in New York on March 31 to steer away from measures that will limit Haitians’ access to medical assistance. Donors should, instead, consider providing direct aid to the country’s health system, the international medical organization said in a statement.

MSF explained that Haiti needs an efficient health care system that will be capable of providing quality treatment for respiratory and diarrheal diseases, which are the most pressing health threats in Haiti at present. Christophe Fournier, president of MSF international, added that access to health care should not be determined based on the financial capacity of prospective patients.

“Necessary financial resources for health structures to function cannot be drawn from the extremely precarious population,” Fournier noted.

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