Swiss of the Year: 'We have fallen in love with these wonderful people'
The massive aid operation in Haiti since last January’s earthquake has drawn emergency specialists from all over the world. But for one Swiss pediatrician, Haiti has been home for a good deal longer—and his relationship with the island goes back 15 years. This week, Rolf Maibach was chosen by the public as Swiss Person of the Year, jointly with Marianne Kaufmann, a nurse working alongside him in Haiti. The 67-year-old doctor heads the Albert Schweizer hospital in Deschapelles, which has treated 100,000 patients in the last year—for free. That’s twice as many as before the earthquake. WRS’s Catherine Allen spoke with Maibach, and began by asking him about his reaction to being chosen as Swiss Person of the Year: