Haiti has faced immense challenges since January 2010 when the impoverished nation was shattered by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that led to more than 100 000 deaths. After the quake struck, many Haitians lived in tents for years before being moved to cinder-block shantytowns barely better than the sweltering tent cities. At the same time, the country has been hit by outbreaks of cholera and tuberculosis, and currently has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.
Haiti’s First Lady, Sophia Martelly, has made the fight against HIV a priority, and the mission for which I am now preparing was initiated when she contacted Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and public health at University of California at Los Angeles, and asked him to find an expert willing to train surgeons to carry out quick, safe and painless infant circumcisions. ...continue reading