A 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Haiti on January 12, 2010. One of the hardest hit areas was Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. The death toll was in the thousands. Additionally, millions of Haitians were left homeless, injured and struggling to survive. This earthquake was said to be the worst natural disaster in Haiti for 200 years.
Since 1994, Medical Teams International (MTI) has been serving in Haiti and is committed to helping to continue to improve the health of its community members.
One location we work in is Centre Medical Beraca, a 78-bed "full service" hospital with very basic Maternity, Pediatric, Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Infectious Disease focus. It is located in La Puente, allowing it to provide care to some of the most marginalized 450,000 people in Haiti. The hospital was founded in 1944 by Missionary Nurse Caroline Bradshaw and has survived through natural disasters, political upheavals and financial hardships, a testament to the dedication, hard work and ingenuity of its staff. In the past few months, we sent three teams to Beraca to provide evaluations and extensive training to more than 80 Haitian healthcare workers.
We have also been running a medical clinic in the Canaan area serving the people who lost their homes in the earthquake and are now living in temporary tents and shelters. We have been able to provide primary health care to 11,968 people, including 3,415 women and 1,380 kids under the age of 5 years in the past year.
Looking ahead, we will continue to mobilize medicines, supplies and volunteer doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Thank you so much for your support!
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