We are working very hard to ramp up to minimize the loss of life from a second wave. Things are very dire. CDRS is coordinating with multiple agencies on the ground and in the US to identify the system bottlenecks and put people and resources where they are most needed. Please help put the word out - we need all the volunteers and funds we can get. Todd's latest report from the ground is posted below:
"I'm sad to report that the situation in Haiti is acute and worsening-people are beginning to get even more desperate and frustrated. The leadership of the Government of the U.S. and its partner nations are "forming up" great things that will take shape in a week or so down the road, but they really need to quickly work through the current paralyzing logistical challenges Many large agencies are failing to think selflessly and share their financial, operational resources with smaller but super-effective agencies. This attitude is is not helping anyone. Quite frankly, I would have though some of them would have learned an important lesson from other disasters where some of the same mistakes were made.
Here's the bottom line: If things don't start improving very rapidly, then life and limb-threatening infections and deadly dehydration and unnecessary conflict will likely emerge on a scale that has the potential of becoming rampant and widespread. The correct option would be to stage multiple and overwhelmingly robust and well managed multi-national supply lines and helicopter sorties using locations and bases other than Port Au Prince Airport, particularly from the Dominican Republic through the border near Jumani. It's a darn good road compared to the roads in the Pakistan earthquake affected areas that I've been traveling on for the past four years. Distributing aid from several points over a more widespread area can reach far more people far more quickly.
Everyone needs to accelerate and better coordinate relief efforts to avoid conflict and a potentially dangerous escalation of tensions being felt by Hatians throughout the country, some of whom I found waiting and suffering without any outside help whatsoever so far.
The first team of four doctors from IMANA and a nurse from Destiny World Outreach is here. I came back from Haiti to pick them up and will deploy them and more medicines/supplies at 9 am Sunday, after picking up one more doctor. At least 5 more teams are planning to arrive in the next 7 days. The border is OPEN for our mission. Some rumors have led people to believe that the border is closed. The gate in shut and locked it at night, I have been coming and going at all times, including 2 am last night/morning.
Photos of our mission will be provided when I come back to Santo Domingo to deploy more volunteers (Tuesday). VOLUNTEERS: PLease contact Laila Karamally at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call at 714-261 1044) for further information.
Our needs at the moment: a steady supply line of syringes, I/V Fliuds and lines, anti-inflammatory pain medication, Oral Rehydration Salts, first line anti- biotics, Pediatric Medicines and supplies, ob/gyn medicines and supplies, surgical gloves, alcohol swabs, Q-tips, baby formula, baby wipes, tents, clothes, cash for renting more trucks and purchasing fuel and critical field supplies AND as much water (and water purification systems) as can be procured through donations or government distribution. These can be mailed directly from the US or procured with funds here (please contact Laila Karamally for further information).
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