Relief efforts from Illinois continue in Haiti two years after a devastating earthquake. Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital is trying to bring together donors as its plans to help build a hospital in Haiti move forward. An earthquake in 2010 caused the children’s hospital in Port-au-Prince to collapse, leaving some patients to be treated in makeshift structures. The lack of a hospital is also hindering efforts to train nurses.
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State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), whose family is from Haiti, says two years later there remains a lot to do. “Yes, its two years later but the needs are still vast,” Raoul said. “For those of you all who have not had an opportunity to travel to Haiti and you think that, well two years have passed so I won’t see the destruction of the earthquake, you can go and you’ll think that the earthquake just hit yesterday.” Plans to build the hospital have been in the works since the quake. The hope is to have a new hospital up and running by the end of 2013. Meanwhile, a medical team from CMH plans on making a trip to Haiti in March to teach emergency medicine.