We’re writing to update you on Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused at least 51 deaths across the island nation so far. Late last week, the powerful storm ravaged Haiti, where 370,000 people still live in flimsy shelter and tent camps following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Eighty-four displacement camps were damaged, as were countless homes, businesses, roads and bridges.
New outbreaks of cholera have been reported in Haiti, with more expected in the coming days. Extensive damage to agriculture, livestock and fisheries across the country has raised serious concerns about food insecurity and malnutrition—which will hit children under 2 years old and pregnant women hardest. Other critical needs—such as health, shelter and supplies—will persist for some time.
International Medical Corps has been working with local government agencies on the ground to coordinate the emergency response. We are adding additional mobile medical units (MMUs) in the most affected areas in the south and west, and expanding the coverage of our existing MMUs to respond to both primary health care needs and cholera outbreaks. We are also mobilizing to address the urgent needs of approximately 10,000 internally displaced persons staying in temporary shelters.
We will continue to update you on the situation in Haiti as well as our emergency response there.
Further, as the hurricane hits the U.S., we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.
With many thanks for your support.
International Medical Corps has operated in Haiti since 2010 when our teams were on the ground treating patients within 22 hours of the earthquake. Following a comprehensive emergency response, we implemented long-term programs in Haiti including cholera treatment, primary health care, water and sanitation, and disaster preparedness. Today we are focused on training local health workers to help rebuild Haiti’s health infrastructure.
Hurricane Sandy has been sweeping through the Caribbean causing extensive damage. We’re writing to let you know that International Medical Corps is mobilizing to respond in Haiti.
Twenty one deaths have been reported so far and Haitian President Michel Martelly has declared a state of emergency. International Medical Corps’ Haiti teams are collaborating with local government and United Nations agencies to coordinate the emergency response. We're prepositioning emergency kits, fuel and flashlights at all of our sites. In addition, we have Mobile Medical Units on standby to assist in reaching affected communities.
Thousands of people still live in tent camps following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake and heavy flooding from the hurricane has only exacerbated their vulnerability. Roads are badly damaged, bridges have been swept away, and the main hospital in Les Cayes remains flooded. Heavy rains continue and the Gray River, located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, has overflowed—taking away homes and businesses. The main road linking Haiti to the Dominican Republic is also badly damaged, making it nearly impossible for vehicles to cross the border.
As crops throughout the country have been severely damaged, there are serious concerns about food insecurity, adding to the already precarious nutrition status of the population—particularly for children under 2 years old.
As a stakeholder in International Medical Corps’ Haiti relief efforts, we know that you are deeply concerned about the health, safety and wellbeing of Haitians. We will continue to update you as the situation progresses.
Many thanks for your continual support.
When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, suffering in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country was nothing new. With endemic poverty, stark inequalities and persistent violence, Haiti has long been termed a “fragile state.” But we know it for its strong people. And for people like you, who have shown unwavering generosity, compassion and humanity towards Haitians.
International Medical Corps has worked in Haiti for over 2.5 years, since mobilizing our largest emergency response to date and arriving on the ground in less than 22 hours. At the peak of the crisis, our 408 medical volunteers saw as many as 1,000 patients a day, while at the same time training over 1,505 local health care providers, launching an innovative emergency medicine development program, and working side-by-side with Haitians to rebuild a decimated health care system. When cholera broke out in October 2010, we rolled out a network of 37 cholera treatment centers though 1,100 trained Haitian health workers, treating more than 39,700 cholera patients and educating over 2 million people on cholera prevention.
As International Medical Corps’ activities in Haiti have transitioned from emergency relief to long-term development, we have increasingly focused on addressing Haiti’s shortage of trained health workers and ongoing cholera epidemic. We are currently conducting continuing medical education sessions for local health workers and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health for cholera surveillance, control and prevention. We also provide cholera treatment and prevention services through mobile clinics in hard-to-reach communities, such as Les Cayes, in rural Southern Haiti.
In sum, our achievements over the past 2.5 years have been remarkable. All the while, your support has been invaluable. So thank you for being there every step of the way as we help Haiti rebuild and regain strength.
Learn more about our work in Haiti and what your support has made possible.
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On January 12, 2010, our teams responded to the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, arriving on-the-ground within 22 hours of the crisis. We’re still in Haiti today, providing lifesaving medical care to thousands. And at every step of our response over the last two years, we’ve been training local staff and health workers to save lives and provide care within their own communities.
The impact was clear recently when Dr. Vital Hervé, a doctor working at the Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti, saved his patient’s life using a technique he learned during International Medical Corps’ Emergency Course for Doctors.
His patient was very sick, went into shock, and would have otherwise died. However, Dr. Hervé, realizing the dire situation from only his first week of training in the four-week emergency course, quickly identified that fluid around his patient’s heart was about to kill him.
Using a technique known as pericardiocentesis, he was able to relieve pressure on the heart. The patient instantly improved and felt dramatically better, going from severe extremis to breathing comfortably and requesting food to eat for the first time in days.
“Without the International Medical Corps course I would not have known what to do; I cannot thank them enough.”
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