UPDATE FROM THE FIELD: ONE WEEK LATER
One week ago, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Haiti. The devastation has affected more than 1.2 million Haitians, taken the lives of 2,189 and injured more than 12,268.
Due to our longstanding presence in Haiti and our experience with mounting major disaster responses after the 2010 earthquake and again after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Project Medishare is leading the coordination of medical relief efforts along with our partners at Hospital Bernard Mevs (HBM). The international airport in Port-au-Prince is currently serving as a triage center for patients being flown in from Southern Haiti. Volunteers from dozens of organizations are working together to stabilize patients, providing them with IVs, bandages, splints and more, and then sending them to local hospitals that can care for their injuries.
Taking part in those efforts is Stacy House, our volunteer coordinator at HBM. Stacy has been making the trips back and forth between HBM and the airport helping triage patients and making sure they get the medical care they need. This is a joint effort by many organizations and she is moved by the sense of community. She sends her best wishes to all the volunteers that have been reaching out wanting to come help out. At this time, we are not planning on deploying volunteers, but will send out communications if anything changes. We are so proud of the Haitian doctors, nurses, EMTs and support staff who are working together to provide round the clock care to earthquake victims.
Project Medishare has been managing the procurement of emergency medical equipment, medical supplies and medications to deploy these important resources to medical clinics in the South and at Hospital Bernard Mevs.
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to so many of our supporters who have made financial donations and purchased items from our Amazon wishlist. The response has been overwhelming! However, we are just at the beginning of a long path to recovery. Please keep donating to support this important work and share with your friends and loved ones in the days and weeks to come. We are confident that with your support, we can work together to help our Haitian brothers and sisters.