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Partners in Health Offers Hope for Haiti

The Hope for Haiti Now telethon has so far raised $58 million for relief efforts in Haiti, a new record for the most funds raised during a telethon.

Hosted by George Clooney and Haiti-born musician Wyclef Jean, the two-hour telethon, attracted millions of viewers. Donations will be given to seven relief organizations including Partners in Health, a Boston-based group that has been providing health care in Haiti for over 20 years.

Last year, NOW on PBS profiled the unique work of Partners in Health, traveling to Rwanda to see how the organization is radically reinventing health care delivery. Our show included an interview with the group's co-founder, Paul Farmer, who shares his innovative philosophy for providing health care relief in impoverished countries.

Information on Partners in Health earthquake relief efforts in Haiti can be found by visiting the group's website.

Hope for Haiti Now will be accepting donations via the web, text messages, phone calls, and postal mail for the next six months.

Comments (5)

I just watched the NOW program about the job that Partners in Health is doing in Haiti. I am dismayed that at no point in the program was there any mention of helping young girls avoid pregnancy by use of contraceptive devices or was there any mention that men should use condoms. Nor was there any discussion of the role of a man and woman joined in marriage or some kind of partnership, committed to raising children. There was no discussion about the education of young people regarding adult responsibilities and adult accountabilities.

Why ask for money to save the lives of pregnant young women who die in childbirth when money should be spent to educate these youngsters in what adulthood and parenthood means. We can't possibly stop the tide of women becoming pregnant and men having no responsibility or accountability, by simply trying to remedy the conditions under which a woman gives birth, or providing her with pre-natal care! We need to address the basic issue in our being human and that is that we are not female animals, bearing young with whichever male happens to dominate us, and then leaving us to raise our young. Can't we begin to move Haiti towards higher levels of civilization?

Regarding show HOPE FOR HAITI NOW. Outstanding documentary and most impressive community reach out. My comments were solicited, programmer invited responses. This is my response.
The show was half the story. Very evidently the catalyst that serves to create such havoc and cause such undo suffering to so many not to mention the 'billions' of dollars required to maintain some semblance of sanity and order to help resolve the problem and to invest in solutions as these orgs so obviously are doing. My God where were the men? What in the world, need I say more? This is criminal. Why are so many BEING impregnated. Help me make sense of this please. The story in not complete. There is more to it than meets the eye.

While this subject can be very touchy for most people, my opinion is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do appreciate that youve added relevant and intelligent commentary here though. Thank you!

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