Patients wait to receive services at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Haiti.
Earlier this week, gang violence disrupted operations at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, one of Build Health International’s primary project sites. Thankfully, no BHI team members, hospital staff, or patients were injured during the incident. Our colleagues at Zanmi Lasante and Partners In Health are also safe. The gang has since vacated the hospital campus.
As the situation evolves, BHI continues to work closely with our BHI Haitian team and partners on the ground to prioritize safety. Accordingly, we have temporarily shut down our project sites and are assessing next steps.
Strong health equity is critical for many reasons, though above all, health equity promotes the right to live, work, and thrive in any environment. The unprecedented attacks on HUM are a reminder of this right and the work that must continue to get there.
We remain committed to the people of Haiti. And we stand in solidarity with our partners who are working every day to build equitable healthcare access.
–The Build Health International Leadership Team