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The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses, visited Haiti and Dominican Republic to meet with authorities, health workers, volunteers, and people affected by the January 12 earthquake. This video documents some of ther activities during this trip.

Dr. Mirta RosesThe Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses, said that one of the major challenges after the earthquake in Haiti is to prepare rehabilitation services to provide assistance to the thousands of patients who have undergone amputation of one or more of its members. (in Spanish)

After a strong aftershock, patients from the El Buen Samaritano hospital in Jimaní (on the border of Dominican Republic and Haiti) left the building and spent the night outside, even though an evaluation has shown the building structure to be sound. Nerves are certainly frayed: a patient with a fractured lef jumped from the second floor, fracturing the other leg.

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses, and the Secreatry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Bautista Rojas Gomez, met to discuss issues related to the care of Haitians victims of the January 12 earthquake. Many Haitians are currently in the Dominican Republic, and most of them receive care in this country's hospitals.

International Atomic Energy AgencyThe U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is rapidly procuring and preparing to send mobile X-ray units and equipment to Haiti after learning from PAHO that trauma care is among the most urgent of heath needs following the 12 January earthquake there. Se the complete report at