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 the January 12 earthquake, Medical Teams International has sent 74 medical teams with more than 250 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. We plans to mobilized additional medical brigades and funding to Haiti this year to support the Community Health work of our partner Haiti Foundation of Hope in Terra Blanche. We have established a field office in Haiti to assist transition from the relief phase to recovery and hope that the work we provide can continue to better the situation in Haiti.
Since the January 12 earthquake, Medical Teams International has sent 18 medical teams with more than 100 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Specifically, we have:
Medical Teams International plans to send three medical brigades to Haiti this year to support the work of our partner Haiti Foundation of Hope in Terra Blanche. Medical Teams International will also provide financial support to our partner HFH. We have established a field office in Haiti to assist transition from the relief phase to recovery and hope that the work we provide can continue to better the situation in Haiti.
A natural disaster knows no boundaries. A natural disaster can happen anywhere and to anyone. It can happen in an instant. Or it can happen over time. What matters is helping people heal long-term. What matters is equipping them to meet their own needs long-term.
And that’s what Medical Teams International is committed to bring to the people in Haiti. We are committed to real healing − meeting physical needs and working with local churches who will meet spiritual needs.
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Southern Haiti. More than 230,000 people were killed, and millions more were left injured and homeless.
This earthquake has been called the worst disaster to hit the country in 200 years.
Medical Teams International staff and volunteers were on the ground in Haiti within three days following the earthquake. Through your generosity, we have brought healing and hope to thousands of survivors.
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This holiday season means many things for us, including celebrating our 31st anniversary. In 1979, our first team of volunteer health professionals helped saved lives of refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Since then, we have mobilized more than 2,000 teams and responded to more than 85 disasters, including the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti.
To date, we have sent more than 35 teams composed of more than 165 volunteer doctors, nurses and other health professionals to Haiti. With your support, we have been able to help nearly 200,000 Haitians survive the aftermath of the earthquake and the related recent cholera outbreak.
We are thankful for our generous donors of medicines and medical supplies and the dedicated service of our volunteers that helped us commit more than 98 percent of the contributions we receive to direct support of programs and services that help people in need. The work is far from over, but we are committed to serving the people of Haiti in the long term.
Come January, please expect our Haiti One-Year Report. For updates and additional current information, please visit www.medicalteams.org. You can also connect with us through social media at www.medicalteams.org/facebook and www.medicalteams.org/twitter.
Again, many thanks for your support and we wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2011!
Since January 12, 2010, Medical Teams International has:
• Sent 18 volunteer teams with more than 100 Medical Teams International doctors, nurses and other health professionals
• Shipped more than $5 million worth of donated supplies and medicines
• Provided more than 186,000 people with medical services and shipments of supplies and medicines
• Established a field presence in Haiti for the transition from relief to recovery
• Developed a psychosocial disaster trauma training curriculum which has been approved by the Haitian Ministry of Health
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