Political and Economic Challenges in Haitian Helathcare
Name of Organization
World Affaris Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Type of Organization
Non-governmental organization (Non-profit group, community group, volunteer organization, etc.)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Location (i.e. library or community center)
Description (no more than 300 words)
How do you provide adequate healthcare in a country plagued by poverty, failing infrastructure, and political corruption? This was the question Dr. Jean Cornely posed to himself when he returned to Haiti after completing advanced medical training in Paris. Working through death threats, embezzled funds, disinterested leadership, political machinations, and a lack of resources, Dr. Cornely has spent years developing effective public health programs in one of the world’s poorest countries. Join us as he tells his story, from his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Haiti University School of Medicine to his recent bid for President of Haiti and creation of a national cervical cancer screening program.
Dr. Jean Ronald Cornely, MD is the current director of the Haiti Ministry of Health’s Cancer Program. He was trained in obstetrics and gynecology at the Haiti University School of Medicine and in pelvic surgery and gynecologic cancer in Paris. He spent 23 years as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Ob Gyn and Director of the Maternity Center at the University. In 2016 he was a candidate for the Haitian presidential election, and more recently he has been instrumental in developing a national cervical cancer screening program.
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