Haiti After the Earthquake

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On January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, who had worked in the country for nearly thirty years treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti. Now their project was ...

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Overview

On January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, who had worked in the country for nearly thirty years treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti. Now their project was transformed into a massive international rescue and relief effort.

In his own words, Farmer documents this effort, including the harrowing obstacles and the small triumphs. Despite an outpouring of aid, the challenges were astronomical. U.N. plans were crippled by Haiti’s fragile infrastructure and the death of U.N. staff members who had been based in Port-au-Prince. In chronicling the relief effort, Farmer draws attention to the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to this natural disaster.

Yet Farmer’s account is not a gloomy catalog of impenetrable problems. As devastating as Haiti’s circumstances are, its population manages to keep going. Farmer shows how, even in the barest camps, Haitians organize themselves, creating small businesses such as beauty parlors. His narrative is interwoven with stories from Haitians themselves and from doctors and others working on the ground. Ultimately this is a story of human endurance and humility in difficult circumstances and seemingly overwhelming odds.

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Editorial Reviews

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The earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 left the poorest nation in the hemisphere even more devastated. According to government estimates, over 315,000 people had been killed and another 300,000 injured by the 7.0 quake. In some cases, survivors envied the dead: Between one million and 1.8 million Haitians were made homeless by the catastrophe and today, over a year later, over 750,000 of them remain in crowded, often dangerous detention cases. No one in the public health field knows more about this crisis than Dr. Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners in Health made famous by Tracy Kidder's arresting portrait in the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains. In this all-too-timely book, Farmer himself offers a first-person on-the-ground account of the disaster, its aftermath, and recovery projects, past, present, and future.

Publishers Weekly - Audio
A physician and former United Nations deputy special envoy, Paul Farmer shares insights and experiences from his humanitarian work following the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, while offering supplemental essays from a host of key players in the recovery process. In this audio edition—read by various narrators—Eric Conger effectively captures Farmer’s range of emotions, both those of a physician desperately seeking care for the wounded and of a public policy expert grown weary with the political forces that have contributed to the plight of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Downplaying her star power, Meryl Streep provides a gentle maternal touch to several of the accompanying narratives and shines as Farmer’s wife, Didi, a Haitian-born anthropologist. And bestselling author Edwidge Danticat provides a memorable performance in describing the anxiety of Haitian-Americans awaiting news about the fate of loved ones in the hours and days following the disaster. A PublicAffairs hardcover. (Aug.)
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“The importance of this volume cannot be overstated..”
Washington Post

“Highly recommended for anyone interested in knowing more about this proud nation trying to recover from natural disasters and years of dysfunction.”
Library Journal [starred review]

“Eric Conger effectively captures Farmer’s range of emotions. . . . Meryl Streep provides a gentle maternal touch to several of the accompanying narratives and shines as Farmer’s wife. . . . Edwidge Danticat provides a memorable performance.”
Publishers Weekly [starred review]

Booklist
“Farmer’s clarion and moving chronicle is followed by powerful essays by other [voices].”
Booklist
The Globe and Mail
“The uniqueness of Farmer’s . . . contribution to this new stage of Haiti’s history is the piercing historic and social/political dimensions he offers.”
The Globe and Mail
Washington Post
“Farmer’s clarion and moving chronicle is followed by powerful essays by other [voices].”
Booklist
Washington Post
“The importance of this volume cannot be overstated..”
Washington Post
Library Journal - Audio
Farmer, the UN deputy special envoy for Haiti and chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard, describes the horrifying devastation of the 7.0 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, and points out how colonial rule, brutal dictatorships, ineffective economic policies, and uncoordinated NGO donations contributed to the destruction and slow recovery. He stresses the need to encourage a strong central government with careful planning and management of foreign aid in order to "build back better." Essays by Edwidge Danticat, Evan Lyon, and others provide moving, firsthand accounts of their experiences with the quake. Farmer and Meryl Streep convey hope and concern through their strong, clear narration. Highly recommended for anyone interested in knowing more about this proud nation trying to recover from natural disasters and years of dysfunction. ["Farmer demonstrates his deep love for Haiti while at the same time pushing for the drastic foreign and domestic reforms needed to rebuild this troubled nation," read the starred review of the PublicAffairs: Perseus hc, LJ 7/11.—Ed.]—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
James Maskalyk
…the importance of this volume cannot be overstated. What emerges clearly is that Haiti's disaster is not merely geologic. The shaking earth only added to the woes of a long-stricken country abused by foreign-backed dictators, economic embargoes and historic French demands to be paid for its slaves freed at independence 200 years ago. Haiti underscores the desperate need for a lasting solution for a people who live hand-to-mouth on an island that once grew enough sugar for nearly the entire world.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal
On January 12, 2010, the whole world witnessed the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti and the devastation that followed. Having worked in Haiti for almost 30 years, Farmer (UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti; global health & social medicine, Harvard) draws on his vast experience to explain what he calls the "acute on chronic problem" that exists in the aftermath of the quake. He recounts the chronic problems caused by Haiti's history of colonial rule, damaging foreign and domestic economic policies, and the resulting abundance of well-meaning but dysfunctional humanitarian aid. Farmer does not deny the horror of the earthquake, but he pushes for closer examination of the problems in Haiti that made this natural disaster so destructive and the efforts to help its citizens extremely difficult. He argues for a more progressive rebuilding plan in Haiti to "build back better." Also included are essays from earthquake survivors, doctors, and other volunteers, which lend a more personal tone to the book. VERDICT Farmer demonstrates his deep love for Haiti while at the same time pushing for the drastic foreign and domestic reforms needed to rebuild this troubled nation. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the history of, and recovery efforts in, Haiti.—Veronica Arellano, California, MD
Kirkus Reviews

From the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and members of his team, a searing firsthand account of the earthquake and its aftermath.

Farmer (Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader, 2010, etc.) presents consequences of the outrage that U.S. law—e.g., the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961—makes it impossible to do what needs to be done in a country like Haiti. Relief and reconstruction funds cannot go to government agencies or to rebuild government infrastructure; instead, they must be funneled into NGOs. Haiti's government, writes the author, is operating out of a small police station on a shoestring budget. More than 40 percent of government employees were killed, and 28 out of 29 ministries were leveled. Yet, under the ruling law, because of Haiti's history of human-rights violations, the United States cannot contribute to rebuilding government infrastructure or paying public employees, including doctors, nurses and medical technicians. The NGOs and volunteers who receive the funds can't discuss policy priorities, make laws or coordinate the scale of activity required, and they siphon funds into overhead and operating costs. Farmer has been involved in Haiti for 25 years, during which time he has warned policy makers about the country's precarious position. Unfortunately, the results have been very close to what he was predicted for years—at least 2 million people are still displaced, one-third of the population is directly affected and cholera has become a major problem. Other contributors to this book include Edwidge Danticat, Evan Lyon and Dubique Kobel.

An eye-opener of a report and a wake-up call that change is needed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611744248
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 14 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Farmer

PAUL FARMER is the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-founder of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius award.”

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Table of Contents

Nèg Mawon Joia S. Mukherjee ix

Writing About Suffering 1

1 The Catastrophe 6

2 Praxis and Policy: The Years before the Quake 22

3 January 12 and the Aftermath 54

4 A History of the Present Illness 121

5 Into the Camps 140

6 From Relief to Reconstruction (Building Back Better?) 149

7 Reconstruction in the Time of Cholera 188

8 Looking Forward While Looking Back: Lessons from Rwanda 236

Epilogue: January 12, 2011 236

Afterword: March 31, 2012 246

Other Voices

Art, by Catherine Bertrand Farmer 260

Women

Lòt Bò Dlo: The Other Side of the Water Edwidge Danticat 261

Sim Pa Rele (If I Don't Shout), by Michèle Montas-Dominique 271

Goudou Goudou Nancy Dorsinville 285

Mothers and Daughters of Haiti Didi Bertrand Farmer 295

Doctors

Humanitarian Aid, Impartiality, and Dirty Boots Louise Ivers 308

Lopital Jeneral Struggles to Survive Evan Lyon 319

Doctors in Tents Dubique Kobel 328

Those Who Survived Naomi Rosenberg 332

Humanitarians

First We Need Taxis Timothy T. Schwartz 342

The Official Jennie Weiss Block, O. P. 356

Building Back Better Jehane Sedky 363

Notes 373

Acronyms and Initiahsms 409

Contributors 411

Acknowledgments 415

Index 419

Photo insert between pages 216-217

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