Haiti is among the poorest countries in the world, a situation that's exacerbated by its history of political instability. And, even though democracy was restored — for the most part — during the 1990s, corruption remains rife on the island.
As a result, public services for the almost nine million Haitians are under-funded, especially in terms of public health.
But there are some unofficial efforts. In the capital Port au Prince, reporter Seth Rolbein met a Haitian with Boston connections who runs a grassroots AIDS and health program in his homeland.
This program aired on November 19, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.