Petit-Goâve Residents Beneficiaries of Project to Improve Health

Petit-Goâve is a small town of 12,000 residents, located in the Ouest Department, lying 42 miles from Port-au-Prince. When the 2010 earthquake hit, Petit-Goâve suffered serious damage, particularly from an intense aftershock of 5.9 magnitude. Its epicenter was virtually beneath the town.


A week after the January 12th earthquake, military ships coming from Spain and the U.S. arrived with relief aid for Petit-Goâve. In addition, Aid for Haiti, a not-for-profit American relief agency, arranged for temporary medical facilities and personnel to provide services to the community.

The one hospital Petit-Goâve contained was non-functioning in the aftermath of the quake. In response to the crisis, the Norwegian Red Cross sent its Emergency Response Unit to set up a field hospital. It has become a fully functioning medical facility, with two well-equipped surgery rooms, a fleet of ambulances, and emergency medical technicians. The hospitable also receives dependable electricity service.

In March, a consortium of local, State, and civic groups launched a pilot project in Petit-Goâve called the Healthy Village-Town Initiative. Othelite Lindor, Petit-Goave's Deputy Mayor, welcomed representatives from a spectrum of public departments: communal health, sanitation, environment, and health protection. Representatives from different business sectors were also present, as well public servants.

Dr. Jocelyn Pierre-Louis summed up the purpose of the participation of diverse civic, judicial, and government departments, working together for the success of Healthy Village-Town: "The health sector cannot alone ensure the health of everyone. The cooperation of everyone is necessary."

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