Medical Humanitarianism and Health as a Human Right on the Haitian-Dominican Border

Pierre Minn

in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034614
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039053 | DOI:
Medical Humanitarianism and Health as a Human Right on the Haitian-Dominican Border

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This chapter examines the practices and discourses accompanying the provision of medical services in the Dominican Republic to Haitians. Research conducted at a border hospital in Dajabón brings into light the interactions between Haitian patients seeking medical assistance and the hospital staff. This chapter also explains that the paucity of medical services administered to Haitian migrants is the direct result of anti-Haitian sentiment prevalent among the local population. Haitians are treated only if they have money to pay the hospital for non-emergency treatment as well as in emergency treatment. Haitians presenting with minor ailments are being directly refused medical treatment. However, labor was one condition which received immediate medical attention among Haitian migrants. Furthermore, this chapter talks about the hospitals lacking resources and capacity for treating sick Haitian migrants.

Keywords: Dominican Republic; Haitians; medical services; Dajabón; Haitian patients; medical assistance; Haitian migrants; medical attention; childbirth; treatment; medical humanitarianism; health; human rights

Chapter.  7199 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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