On Wednesday, March 28, Haiti President Michel Martelly toured Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital, a state-of-the-art medical facility being built by Partners In Health and the Haitian government. The President was joined by Haiti Minister of Public Health Florence D. Guillaume and Senator Edmonde Supplice Beauzile.

During the tour, President Martelly congratulated PIH/ZL efforts and reiterated the government’s commitment to providing free, comprehensive health care to all citizens. The President said he hopes to build at least one modern hospital in each of the country’s ten departments in the coming years, while also continuing to modernize existing facilities.

Paul Farmer, PIH’s David Walton, and Zanmi Lasante’s Maxi Raymonville and Father Fritz Lafontant led Wednesday’s tour.

When its doors open in 2012, the 180,000-square foot, 320-bed hospital will offer a level of care never before available at a public facility in Haiti. And at a time when Haiti desperately needs skilled professionals, Mirebalais Hospital will provide high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian nurses, medical students, and resident physicians.

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