Loune Viaud, PIH/ZL’s co-executive director in Haiti rings the opening bell at today’s NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square. Loune was joined at the podium by both PIH staff and representatives from Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, an organization committed to raising awareness of the rich culture, history and artistry of Haiti. 

Loune opens the stock exchange.

Loune opens the stock exchange.

“At Partners In Health, we believe health care is a human right, we believe everyone deserves the same caliber of care no matter where they were born,” said Loune. “We believe in education, and Partners In Health began working in Haiti a quarter century ago…we are committed to building Haiti back better than before.”

“We are making progress, we are building the health system and training the next generation of nurses, medical students and doctors who will all work in Haiti’s public sector,” continued Loune.

“We can create hope and opportunity for the Haitian people. We could not create this lasting change without your support, and support of people like Donna Karan and all the people at Urban Zen and our partnership with the Haitian government,” said Loune at the close of her statement.

PIH on jumbotron in Times Square

The NASDAQ's jumbotron in Times Square advocated for Haiti and PIH throughout the morning.

PIH and Urban Zen are co-hosting a special event tonight to celebrate the sixth printing of Haiti After the Earthquake, the respected book authored by PIH cofounder Dr. Paul Farmer.

The event will benefit the completion on construction of PIH’s Mirebalais Hospital, which will contain 320 beds, serve an estimated 450 to 500 patients per day, and help train Haiti's next generation of doctors, nurses and medical workers.

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