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Haiti, a year after the quake

At Hospital Albert Schweitzer (where I traveled last February to write about the hospital’s struggle to care for the wounded in the quake’s aftermath), the staff paused today to “honor what Haitians have lost,” according to Ian Rawson, managing director of the hospital in Deschapelles.

In the past year, the hospital has treated thousands struck by the cholera epidemic, and served tens of thousands of displaced persons in addition to their daily work of caring for some of the poorest patients in the Western Hemisphere. Rawson writes on the hospital blog:

Despite all this, the Haitians never give up. Therefore never can we. We draw strength from their forbearance and resilience. Everyday we learn again about the reservoirs of strength which come from hope.

The hospital has planned a prayer of remembrance, followed by presentations from caregivers who were on the front lines treating the victims of the quake. The hospital will also pause to celebrate Hanger Klinik, the clinic built virtually over night and where new limbs for more than 800 earthquake victims have been built and fitted.

Photos will be posted on Flickr throughout the day.

Previously: Haiti day 4: Life after the quake, Haiti: In pictures, Haiti day 3: Amputees, Haiti day 2: At the hospital, and Haiti day 1: Arrival
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