FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, September 11, 2010 – ONEXONE Honorary Chair, Frank McKenna and Ambassador Matt Damon today announced the Foundation’s 3 million dollar commitment to fund the construction of a state of the art pediatric ward at the new Partners in Health hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti.
At a luncheon event to celebrate the foundation’s first five years and future initiatives, Matt Damon said “the pediatrics ward will literally mean the chance for a healthy life for many Haitian children; this hospital will give hope for generations.”
Focused on helping to develop one of Haiti’s poorest regions and committed to the welfare of both mother and child’s health, the pediatric wing will have between 40 to 50 beds and a neonatal ICU with 10 beds and is to be one of the first units to open in late 2011 though 2012. “ONEXONE’s goal is to help Partners In Health build the most sophisticated pediatric facility in the country; stated Frank McKenna; much of the education and training at the teaching hospital will be centered on building capacity in pediatric care.”
Dr. Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners In Health, praised ONEXONE’s deep commitment to Haiti and to the Mirebalais hospital in particular. “To build back better in Haiti, takes a lot of time, takes a lot of commitment; it takes really steady partners who are not fair-weather friends and that is what ONEXONE is to us.” said Dr. Farmer.
ONEXONE team members have collectively made 14 trips to Haiti since the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and are dedicated to working with Partners In Health to help the citizens of Haiti rebuild their country.
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