Jan 15, 2010

Press Release 1/14/10

January 14, 2010, Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is in Port-au-Prince assisting survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday. The team is providing medical care outside the general hospital near the Presidential Palace where hundreds of people have congregated for help.

“People are afraid to go indoors because of aftershocks, so most of the care is being provided outside,” says Margaret Aguirre, Director of Global Communications for International Medical Corps. “We are working with the few Haitian health workers that are here. The goal is to provide triage and basic treatment with the limited staffing and supplies that we have.”

“Most patients that we have seen are suffering from broken bones, but some are in more serious condition and there is no hospital to refer them to. Medical supplies, such as IVs, pain medicines, and bandages, are extremely limited,” continued Aguirre.

Other members of the Emergency Response Team are conducting a rapid needs assessment and visiting hospitals around the city to explore their condition. In addition to emergency medical care, survivors of the earthquake are likely to be in immediate need of food and water, as well as non-food items like blankets, tents, stoves, and water purification equipment. Public health is a major concern as well. International Medical Corps will also focus on providing emergency shelter and other essential items in its relief effort.

“International Medical Corps is prepared to respond to all levels of medical assistance depending on what the most pressing needs are,” says Dina Prior, the Team Leader for the response. “Emergency health care will be our primary focus, both in the form of hands-on care and medical supplies and drugs.”

Jan 13, 2010

Update on response efforts in Haiti

First of all thank you so much to everyone who has supported International Medical Corps and our efforts in Haiti. For current information you can visit our site at: http://www.imcworldwide.org/Page.aspx?pid=801

Here is an update from our Emergency Team Leader. International Medical Corps Deploys Emergency Response Team to Haiti

January 13, 2010, Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is now travelling to Haiti to assist survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just 10 miles off the coast of the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday. The International Medical Corps team is made up of many relief experts, including an emergency response team leader, medical officer, logistics officer, and emergency physicians.

“International Medical Corps is prepared to respond to all levels of medical assistance depending on what the most pressing needs are,” says Dina Prior, the Team Leader for the response. “Emergency health care will be our primary focus, both in the form of hands-on care and medical supplies and drugs.”

In addition to emergency medical care, survivors of the earthquake are likely to be in immediate need of non-food items like blankets, tents, stoves, and water purification equipment. Public health is a major concern as well. The International Medical Corps Emergency Response Team also plans to focus on providing emergency shelter and other essential items in its relief effort.

“We have a larger Emergency Response Team on standby ready to be deployed depending on the level of need,” says Prior. “When we arrive in Haiti, we will conduct a rapid needs assessment to determine what the greatest needs are and if we need additional assistance and expertise on the ground.”

An estimated 2.5 to 3 million people are expected to be affected by the earthquake. Blocked roads and power outages in the greater Port-au-Prince area have hindered needs assessments, but injuries and loss of life are expected to be substantial given the area’s high population density. People are reportedly trapped under the rubble and Port-au-Prince is largely destroyed. Aftershocks reached as high as 5.9, triggering additional destruction and mudslides.

Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been hit by a series of disasters recently and was battered by hurricanes in 2008. An estimated 70 percent of its population lives on less than two dollars a day. International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response draws on 25 years of experience in emergency settings, including last September’s earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, and the massive 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.

Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, International Medical Corps’ mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit our website at www.imcworldwide.org.

Thank you!

Jan 6, 2010

Rebuild Indonesia's Health Care System

International Medical Corps is providing lifesaving health care services and training for local health workers after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake devastated Padang, Indonesia in September. With hospitals and other health care facilities still destroyed, International Medical Corps is providing health care services to people who may otherwise not have access to care. International Medical Corps is also working to rebuild and strengthen Indonesia’s health care system through education and training. Through International Medical Corps’ recovery efforts, local health workers will be trained in basic life-saving skills as well as community health care which will not only make them better prepared if another disaster strikes, but also prepare them for everyday emergencies.

 
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