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The overwhelming power of NGOs, which has grown enormously since the 1980s, implies that they too have the responsibility to respect rights based principles in all of their affairs. As the development of a national health system is a requirement of the right to the highest attainable standard of health, medical relief projects are violating the right to health by not bolstering the capacity of the Haitian Ministry of Health to realize it, projecting instead subjective standards of medical viability, rather than measures predetermined by Haitian public health workers. The greatest problem with this medical relief projects is that they endeavor to provide their own solutions to the problem of poor health in Haiti, rather than referencing the national plan for health, or enhancing preexisting structures. Because they often do not work in tandem, with the Haitian government, Ministry of Health and Population, and other NGOs, these medical relief projects are often duplicated.
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Lamb, Avery Ellen, "‘Tande Pa di Konprann Pou Sa’:Shortcomings of Medical Intervention in Haiti and Struggles to Define the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health" (2015). Senior Projects Spring 2015. 75.