Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | September 8, 2016
The Haitian doctors’ strike ended last week and it is unclear if there are any winners.
The conditions in which the striking doctors — medical residents in Haiti’s public hospitals, to be precise — work are appalling and the low pay was galling, but without the doctors, hospitals shut their doors and the poor were left to take care of their own illnesses and injuries for nearly five months.
At issue were three problems plaguing these public hospitals: poor resources, inadequate oversight of the residents by their supervising physicians, and low salaries. Prior to the strike, resident physicians earned about $125 a month while working long hours.