In Haiti, low pay and life-threatening working conditions have led to a doctors’ strike, which has been going on for the past 3 months amidst outbreaks of cholera and Zika.
Poor people in Haiti already had very limited possibilities for healthcare, and the strike has exacerbated their lack of access to resources and treatment. Haiti’s three main public hospitals have been shut down since the beginning of the strike, leaving expensive private hospitals and NGOs like Médecins Sans Frontières as the only options for care.
Even before the strike, patients were required to buy their own supplies, such as syringes and gloves, and the overcrowded hospitals had very limited materials to work with — frequently being short on essentials such as oxygen, anesthetics, clean water, and electricity
Many doctors have not been paid since February. NGOs and private hospitals are stretched to the limit accommodating public hospital patients, and the need for accessible health information is even greater than usual.
That’s the environment into which we are releasing the 2016 Kreyol edition of Where There Is No Doctor. We know this translation will bring lifesaving information to people with few other options for treatment.