the first independent nation of Latin America, has a colourful past, often fraught with internal problems from the time it was established after a successful slave revolt in 1804, is leading the world with it's pioneering solar application.
Haiti has just opened the world's biggest solar powered hospital in Mirebalais,
north of Port-au-Prince.
Quite remarkable for a little country where 20 percent of its population of ten million people has no access to electricity.
Opening just last month, the 1800 solar panels they've installed generate enough power to run six surgical suites, enough to attend to over sixty thousand patients and already deliver more than eight hundred babies.
Maintaining electricity supply in hospitals is a matter of life and death and while it's fortunate that Haiti is blessed with a great deal of sunshine, they are showing the way
to the rest of the world...