On April 8th, 2010, I watched helplessly as the only oxygen machine in a poorly equipped Haitian clinic was taken from a premature baby and given to a woman struggling in labor. The woman gave birth to a healthy girl named Rodsandy. The premature baby died; he had no name.
Now, almost two years later, a stunning, modern teaching hospital with oxygen outlets in the walls is about to open in the town of Mirebalais thanks to a joint effort between Partners In Health, the government of Haiti, and donors from all over the world. Earlier this month, Dr. Paul Farmer (co-founder of Partners In Health) and Dr. David Walton (director of the hospital) took me on a tour of the 320-bed facility. At the very end of this video, Paul pours out his heart in the most succinct, passionate vision of health care equity I have ever heard.