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January 18, 2010

Medical aid rushes to Haiti, but bottlenecks persist

I wrote last week about the public health disaster that Haiti will likely endure for months. Help is on the way including medical reinforcements from Baltimore.

Our colleagues Robert Little and Kim Hairston are making their way to earthquake-ravaged Haiti aboard the USNS Comfort and chronicling its rescue mission. The massive floating emergency center has two decades of military and humanitarian missions under its belt.

But the enormity of the task at hand will test the 894-foot ship, which will reach its full operational capacity for the first time since it was delivered to the Navy in 1987.

Will it be ready? Will the help be enough?

While the world has certainly ratcheted up its aid response to the Haitian disaster in recent days, the situation grows desperate with reports of scarce medical supplies, overwhelmed medical teams and critics such as Doctors Without Borders, who say that the response is insufficient.

What do you think? Should governments and aid groups have acted sooner?


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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

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