Paul Farmer on Urgent and Ongoing Challenges in Haiti

Paul Farmer spoke to Ray Suarez on PBS NewsHour this week about ongoing relief efforts in Haiti, and the difficulty of getting supplies and medical care from scores of volunteers to the people who need it. Farmer, who is the UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti, co-founder of Partners in Health, and author of Partner to the Poor, said that coordinating and delivering aid is the greatest immediate challenge for the UN in Haiti. Looking to the future, he discusses the rebuilding of public health infrastructure in Port-au-Prince and in the surrounding areas also devastated by the quake. Reconstruction will take many years, he says, but expresses hope that it will create jobs and an opportunity to “build back better.”