Working to Improve Health, from Haiti to Greece

Executive MPH student, Jason Friesen, EMT-P, discusses injury prevention, mobile phones and working for Project HOPE in Haiti.

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Jason Friesen, EMT-P, is a student in the Executive MPH class at Mailman (’12), and lives in Port-au-Prince where he is the Country Representative for Project HOPE, an international health aid organization. He can be contacted at jfriesen@projecthope.org

The Pandemic of Preventable Death and Disability
On Monday, January 16, at 9:30 p.m. a large truck coming down Route de Delmas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, lost its brakes and careened off several vehicles before running over a crowd of pedestrians, including street vendors, motorcycle drivers, and passers-by. As quickly as the driver had realized that his brakes were failed, 45 people were killed – 29 instantly – and 41 more were injured.

Route de Delmas is one of the major roadways in Port-au-Prince, providing a direct connection between the infamous shantytown of Cité Soleil at the bottom of the road, to the upper class echelon of Petion-ville at the top…

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