Jacqueline Charles and José Antonio Iglesias, “Cancer in Haiti”
Through articles, photos, and videos portraying patients and providers, reporter Jacqueline Charles and photojournalist José Antonio Iglesias shine a light on the lack of cancer care—including no radiation therapy—in Haiti, just 700 miles from well-resourced Miami. Stories about three women with cervical cancer and two teen boys—one with a brain tumor, the other with Burkitt lymphoma—provide an emotional pull. Statistics reveal the challenges: Radiation in the neighboring Dominican Republic costs at least $10,000, out of reach for Haitians living on $2 a day; even Pap smears are $25 or more. Charles and Iglesias examine solutions, including self-test kits for cervical cancer and garment factory clinics that screen workers for cervical cancer and treat pre-cancerous lesions. As Haiti wrestles with urgent medical concerns such as cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, these journalists make a case for why cancer shouldn’t be ignored.