Two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti—killing more than 300,000 people and displacing 1.5 million—signs of progress can be found everywhere, but the island nation still faces a hard road to recovery.
A surgical team operates at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare under the long-distance guidance of Antonio Marttos, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, whose face is visible on the trauma robot monitor.
The University of Miami, one of the first to respond to the crisis with medical aid provided by Miller School physicians and surgeons, continues to be a harbinger of hope for Haiti, creating programs to train Haitian doctors and hosting workshops and charrettes that address everything from how to rebuild the country to how to treat mental health patients.
The initiatives are University-wide, with researchers and scholars from UM’s Schools of Architecture, Education, Law, Nursing, and others lending their expertise.
With many Haitians still unemployed, half a million still homeless, and debris and rubble still cluttering the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, UM is part of a world-wide effort to lift the country out of despair.
Here’s a look at many of the projects and programs initiated by the University over the past two years to help Haiti.