New York, NY.- The Socio Cultural Movement for Haitian Workers announced the inauguration of the new clinic in Petit-Goave, Centre de Sante Integral La Solidarite (CENSI), to be held on January 12, 2013, the third year anniversary of the earthquake that struck the country killing over 300,000 people and leaving over 1 million displaced.
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, this town continues to lack healthcare services and a hospital for its population exceeding over13,000 inhabitants.
MOSCTHA's initiative of CENSI aims at responding to the difficult health conditions in the Latin American country, which continues to endure a cholera epidemic. The New York Times reported that "the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which began in late 2010, is bad and getting worse" due to the still precarious sanitation system present. Moreover, The Pan American Health Organization has said the disease could have stricken 200,000 to 250,000 people in 2012 and has already killed more than 7,500 since 2010.
In an effort to continue improving the health and lives of the most vulnerable people, CENSI will attend to 10 emergency cases and over 40 patients daily. MOSCTHA's clinic will offer a much-needed service in a department where, according to the World Health Organization, there are 7.1 doctors per 10,000 people.
What's important in all of this is the lasting affect that MOSCTHA wishes to have in the Grand Goave region of Haiti. Aid comes and goes, but true development starts with education. "MOSCTHA focuses on promoting education, developing medical infrastructures in underserved areas and fostering cooperative communities. The goal is to maximize resources to improve the conditions of as many as we can in Haiti. We seek not just to aid, but empower people and their different social and cultural backgrounds," said MOSCTHA Founder Dr. Joseph Cherubin.
"I feel extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to be part of an organization that has done so much for the Haitian community in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti for so many years. This clinic will make a difference in a community that has been waiting for something to be done since the earthquake in 2010" said MOSCTHA-USA Director, Edison Suero.
With the establishment of this new center, MOSCTHA will continue to provide comprehensive health services to vulnerable populations in Haiti, guaranteeing quality services that will improve the lives of many.
For more information, please contact Edison Suero: 347-534-2033
About MOSCTHA (Socio-Cultural Movement of Haitian Workers):
The Socio-Cultural Movement for Haitian Workers (MOSCTHA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1985 by Haitian laborers. Initially created to provide healthcare to oppressed sugarcane cutters, MOSCTHA has since grown into a movement dedicated to improving and empowering underrepresented communities in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In 2009, MOSCTHA-USA was founded in an effort to bring MOSCTHA's work to the American public and widen our network and support base to impact change in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
For more information please visit: www.mosctha.org