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New hospital encourages doctors to stay as Haiti continues to rebuild

MIREBALAIS, Haiti — Funded by private donors and grants and using equipment donated from the Boston area, the $25 million, 300-bed University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM) already handles some 800 outpatient visits a day, offers chemotherapy to cancer patients, delivers 200 to 300 babies per month and operates a 24-hour emergency ward. Its mission: provide free, first-rate health care to Haitians who could otherwise not afford it.

Three projects light up the darkness in post-quake Haiti

A hospital, an orphanage and a new light source give hope to a country still ravaged by the earthquake three years ago.
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Looters take what they can from a building that was destroyed during the massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BOSTON – Three years on from the devastating earthquake that brought Haiti to its knees and the world to its aid, there is, by many accounts, light emerging from the darkness.

It is a light that radiates, in part, from several sources right here in Boston, people who have dedicated extraordinary time, effort and money to help Haiti build a teaching hospital and a new orphanage. And you can literally be part of spreading the light through a campaign by a startup company known as MPOWERD.

MPOWERD has developed solar-powered lanterns for Haiti that can end what this company calls “energy poverty.”

But I will come back to the light that these three projects — the hospital, the orphanage and the lanterns — provide. 

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