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Haiti’s $83 million Hospital still not built | The Miami Herald


One of the first projects approved by the now-defunct Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, the $82.3 million teaching hospital’s slow progress is indicative of the difficulties the Haitian government and donors have faced in trying to quickly restore what was lost in the horrifying tragedy that left more than 300,000 dead, an equal number injured and 1.5 million homeless.“A lot of times it is just really hard in Haiti to get things done quickly,” Elizabeth Hogan, acting assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, told Congress last month during a hearing on aid effectiveness in Haiti.Shortly after the disaster, the U.S. and French governments each pledged $25 million for the hospital’s reconstruction with then-French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner saying at the September 2010 signing that “without coordination, we’ll be very disappointed with the results, so it is an excellent idea to have this cooperation among the three of us for the University Hospital.” via | The Miami Herald

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