The Ministry of Health of Brazil has donated 30 ambulances to Haiti (2.5 million) and 360 tons of ringer's solution for the treatment of cholera cases (500,000 dollars) that will allow to treat approximately 50,000 patients with this disease.
The Ambassador Eduardo Botelho Barbosa, who also heads the International Bureau of the Ministry of Health of Brazil, stated that this donation was made following a request to the Government of Brazil by the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti (MSPP). This effort, corresponds to the commitments taken by Brazil at the signing of the tripartite agreement [Brazil-Cuba-Haiti] occurred on March 27, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, between the Ministries of Health of each country, aiming to strengthen health systems and epidemiological surveillance in Haiti [estimated budget: $70 million].
The 30 ambulances 4X4, offered by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, includes basic equipment for emergency care and come support the development of emergency care system in Haiti. The Brazilian government also offers a technical training through its Mobile Emergency Service (SAMU) "These ambulances will be linked to the National transportation System of Haiti, that does not exist yet, but whose the Tripartite project [Haiti-Brazil-Cuba] is on the agenda" declared the Brazilian Ambassador.
Eduardo Botelho Barbosa, stresses that the commitment of the Ministry of Health of Brazil goes much further than medical assistance, the ambassador estimates that "The model of South-South cooperation is innovative" that Brazil contributes much more to the process of strengthening of the Haitian health system by exporting in Haiti, the Brazilian experience in the construction of a Health System, a universal system, global, hierarchical and participatory, in order to restructure the Haitian health system, while respecting the sovereignty of the people of Haiti."