Barkey to discuss health care in Haiti at April 9 presentation

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Nanette Barkey, a former University of Iowa assistant professor of anthropology and community and behavioral health, will discuss “Health in Haiti: the Case of Léogane Before and After the Earthquake” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, in Room 1117, International Commons, in the University Capitol Centre.

Barkey conducted ethnographic research on health care in the city of Léogane throughout 2009 and returned there for two weeks in March 2010. Léogane was near the epicenter and more than half the homes and buildings were destroyed.

In this presentation, she will discuss the health care options in Léogane prior to the earthquake and compare them with services available after the disaster. Drawing on her extensive contacts within Haitian health care providers in Léogane, and her observations and discussions with foreign providers, Barkey will compare the attitudes and understandings of local health conditions and highlights the larger health and political issues arising from the sudden influx of foreign aid to Haiti.

The formal presentation will be followed by a group discussion.

The UI Global Health Studies Program and International Programs at the UI are co-sponsoring the discussion. For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862.

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