On the second anniversary of the massive earthquake that brought the island nation of Haiti to its knees, the country continues in its efforts to dig out of the rubble.
Dr. Ruth Berggren, a San Antonio infectious disease specialist who has visited Haiti nine times since the quake, said the country continues to be plagued by an epidemic of cholera, which has already killed 7,000 people.
“This is a disease that’s difficult to control when you don’t have clean water and don’t have access to proper sanitation and hygiene,” Berggren said.
In spite of the ongoing problems, Berggren said she saw definite signs of progress on her last visit, which ended in late December. Streets were more passable, and though large amounts of rubble remain, roughly half of the rubble in the capital city of Port au Prince has been cleared.
In her travels through the country, Berggren said she was struck by the powerful spirit of the Haitian people.
“Their lives have are altered and always will be altered by what happened, and yet, there is a resiliency. And the Haitian people are some of the most resilient in the world,” said Berggren.
Berggren plans to return to Haiti with a team of medical students in March.