Haitian business looks beyond foreign aid four years after deadly earthquake | Rashmee Roshan Lall | Global development |

MDG: Haiti earthquake\”Sometimes we go a whole day without seeing a single patient because many people go to the NGOs for servis gratis [free services],\” says Gladys François, the clinic\’s laboratory manager.

In contrast, the Centre du Medicale is heaving with patients, busy receptionists, nurses and technicians. Its paediatric wing is bright with cartoon cut-outs. Snack food vendors do a thriving trade in the many lounges packed with people waiting to see one of the five highly skilled doctors on the roster.

\”My practice was not affected by the quake, even though the Cubans offer free cataract surgery, and so do the Venezuelans,\” explains Reginald Taverner, the centre\’s eye surgeon. He says his patients pay for his 25 years of experience and sophisticated equipment. via |

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