US audit finds flaws in Haiti health care programs

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. government of Haiti health care projects financed by Washington has found many of them to be significantly behind schedule.

The project aimed to improve the health of Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. This meant reinforcing the physical infrastructure of several health facilities, building medical supply warehouses, and rebuilding a state university teaching hospital and a separate campus.

The audit released Monday bu the U.S. Agency for International Development said the plan had been to complete construction of the medical supply warehouses by June 2012. It had expected completing construction on the hospitals and other facilities by December 2015.

But by January, more than halfway through the project, construction on the major infrastructure projects had not started.

The audit attributed the delays to unqualified staff.

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