PIH’s Ophelia Dahl, Joia Mukherjee and Ted Constan to Discuss Situation in Haiti - January 5, 2011

Conference to Discuss the State of Haiti as the Anniversary of the January 12 Earthquake Approaches

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2011

BOSTON – Ophelia Dahl, PIH’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Joia Mukherjee, PIH’s Chief Medical Officer, and Ted Constan, PIH’s Chief Program Officer will hold a press conference call on Wednesday, January 5, at 2PM EST to discuss the situation on the ground in Haiti, a week before the one year anniversary of the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Dr. Mukherjee will be in Haiti from January 10 to January 16 and will be available for media interviews while she is there.

On the call, Ms. Dahl, Dr. Mukherjee, and Mr. Constan will discuss the cholera situation; the expansion of medical services at PIH’s 15 sites outside of Port-au-Prince; PIH’s ongoing efforts to work with the Haitian Ministry of Health to rebuild the public health and health education systems, including work underway to construct a 320-bed, state-of-the art teaching hospital in Mirebalais; and PIH’s efforts to provide care for 100,000 internally displaced people living in four spontaneous settlements in the capital city. PIH is currently executing a 2.5-year Stand With Haiti plan to help Haiti build back better. We released the $125 million plan less than a month after the earthquake.

The January 12, 2010 earthquake leveled Port-au-Prince, killing more than 230,000 in a matter of minutes and leaving 1.5 million homeless. The disaster gripped the attention of the United States for months – more than half of all American households donated to relief and rebuilding efforts. We anticipate renewed interest in the situation on the ground as the anniversary of the earthquake approaches.

Who: Ophelia Dahl, Co-founder and Executive Director
          Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer
          Ted Constan, Chief Program Officer

What: Press conference call to discuss the situation in Haiti, one week before the anniversary of the January 12 earthquake.

When: Wednesday, January 5 at 2PM

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