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.”
At 5pm local time on January 12, 2010, the world turned upside down for the people of Haiti. The massive 7.0 earthquake that struck two years ago caused unimaginable destruction to Port-au-Prince and the surrounding towns, devastated Haiti’s already fragile infrastructure, and claimed over 230,000 lives. Today, the earthquake’s impact is clear -- more than 500,000 men, women, and children still live in temporary camps, with limited access to clean water. And the deadly cholera outbreak that began in October 2010, continues to threaten the most vulnerable: young children, the elderly, and pregnant women. International Medical Corps’ emergency response teams arrived in Haiti less than 24 hours after the earthquake hit – and we’re still there today, providing training, and helping these vulnerable communities rebuild and become self-reliant. We’re operating an innovative emergency medical care training program for doctors and nurses in Haiti, as well as helping communities prepare for the next time a disaster strikes. We’d like to share with you our Haiti 2 Year Report that details our work on-the-ground. Please take a few moments to learn what your support has helped make possible in Haiti. You can also read testimonials from doctors, nurses and the men, women and children you have helped us reach with lifesaving care. While Haiti’s recovery will be long, we’re confident that we – and the people of Haiti -- can meet future challenges with your support. Thank you.
2012 is almost here and we would like to take a moment to thank you for supporting our emergency response and long-term capacity building in Haiti. This year with the help of our amazing supporters, we were able to continue our relief efforts in Haiti and around the world, as well as respond to crises in Libya, East Africa, and Japan. You can see for yourself --click on the video below and hear firsthand from our staff on the frontlines, working in some of the most unstable and dangerous regions of the world. And as we look to the future, we hope we can count on your support again. Your generosity was crucial during our initial emergency response and it’s just as important now, as we work to help these devastated communities rebuild and recover. Please considering making a donation or using your new GlobalGiving gift card to help our rebuilding efforts. Your donation will help us start 2012 strong! On behalf of all of at International Medical Corps, thank you for your support.
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