Haiti: A birth as a sign of hope

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Haiti: A birth as a sign of hope

Haiti: A birth as a sign of hope
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For the latest on efforts to treat earthquake survivors, euronews spoke to Stefano Zannini, Head of Mission for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Haiti.

Claudio Rosmino, euronews: The UN and International Red Cross have spoken about the earthquake as one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in recent decades. What do you think, based on your experience on the ground?

Stefano Zannini: The country, which was one of the poorest in the world, has now lost the few facilities that it had. So the need for aid now is massive.

Claudio Rosmino, euronews: The American coordination effort has been heavily criticised. In recent days, you have complained of difficulties in landing planes bringing your medical equipment. What is the situation like now and what are your relations with US forces?

Stefano Zannini: The difficulties began four or five days ago. Our planes were redirected to the Dominican Republic, often without explanation.
Yesterday, we managed to land one and we were able to restock our medical supplies but now we urgenty need a minimum of 150 tonnes of medical equipment.

Claudio Rosmino, euronews: In your view, what is the risk of an epidemic right now?

Stefano Zannini: The epidemic risk following a natural catastrophe of this type is not very high. An epidemic could spread from corpses if the people involved were already infected with certain types of illnesses.

Claudio Rosmino, euronews: Do you have a story that has perhaps given you a little hope in recent days?

Stefano Zannini: Yesterday we managed to deliver a baby. It was fairly difficult because it involved complex surgery but in the end we were able to save the baby and the mother. I really want to believe that with small events like that we can find fresh signs of hope and a better future.

Claudio Rosmino, euronews: Stefano Zannini, Head of Mission for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Haiti, thank you and keep up the good work.