EMPACT Northwest Empathy in Action

by EMPACT Northwest dba Disaster Response Northwest
Dec 26, 2012

EMPACT Northwest Quarter 4 Update

EMPACT has been hard at work in Haiti and here at home, making sure that we're delivering on our promises to our recipients of assistance as well as to our donors. In September of 2011, EMPACT Northwest graduated Haiti’s first US standard Emergency Medical Technician Basic level providers. In 2012, EMAPCT and other organizations dedicated to Haitian comprehensive Emergency Medical Services formed a working consortium Rezo Medikal Ayisyen (R.M.A.). April 2012, EMPACT NW organized and is hosting the second EMT class at the EMAPACT Haiti House. The focus of this course is utilization of current Haitian EMT's from the previous EMPACT/PAPMO course, as well as EMT's from the Haitian Organization Gwoup Ayisyen pou Ijans (G.A.I.). GAI is an all Haitian organization established following the 2010 Earthquake. GAI continues to receive support from the EMS community of New York State, including FDNY EMS via the Banshee/Alliance01 Organization. The goal of the EMPACT NW/PAPMO program is not only to educate additional EMT’s for the city of Port Au Prince, but also to promote and educate Haitian EMT instructors. As the Haitian EMS capacity grows, the need for experienced and educated EMS providers will also grow. All R.M.A. consortium members are committed to producing an effective, sustainable all-Haitian EMS system. Education is the first step. R.M.A. Consortium is currently working with the above partnerships and in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP), Haitian National Police, various city hospitals, and seeking partnerships with the newly established 116 Haitian Ambulance communication center. At the same time, EMPACT is working hard at home to ensure ongoing fiscal accountability. We've recently begun a re-evaluation of our priorities and are currently refocusing our attention on disaster response, our original mission.
In 2013 Empact Northwest will continue to provide prehospital medical education to the members of Port-au-Prince medic one. To date, we have  trained 60 EMTs and three EMT instructors.
The EMTs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti have formed their own organization with the purpose of continuing community first responder education. This new organization EMPACT Haiti will continue its education project starting January 2013. Under the advisement of Empact Northwest and other grassroots organizations, EMPACT Haiti has successfully trained hundreds of community based first responders in select neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.

Meanwhile at project Medishare Bernard Mevs hospital, the Empact EMTs continue to work and develop their skills as professional EMTs. Not only have the EMTs been responsible for patient triage and other's traditional EMT skills, they have developed into various advanced positions within the hospital.
Some EMTs have expanded to positions such as operating room technicians, director of outpatient care, wound care and laboratory technicians.

Bernard Mevs hospital is one of the city's only trauma capable hospitals in the country. The high volume of cases arriving at Bernard Mevs have allowed our EMTs to become proficient in their skills as well as qualified for extended protocol skills such as suturing, injections, and administering IVs.

The board members of EMPACT Haiti would like to create a sustainable revenue generating business which will employ and allow members of Empact Haiti to deliver pre-hospital education to citizens of Port-au-Prince. To accomplish this vision, EMPACT Haiti must raise enough funds to cover the cost of their office and living quarters. EMPACT House, Haiti will provide an opportunity to generate revenue by hosting medical teams from other countries.

Using the house as a medical volunteer hostile will provide enough revenue for EMPACT Haiti to operate as a formal Haitian NGO. These revenues will also fund future EMT and community first responder courses. In partnership with Bernard Mavs, EMPACT Haiti will operate under the advisement of EMPACT Northwest to develop Haiti's first French language EMT curriculum to be submitted to the MS PP in 2014. EMPACT Haiti will also collaborate with the Haitian national ambulance service (CAN) while developing the new curriculum.
In order to begin this project in 2013 EMPACT Northwest and its volunteers have committed to raising the necessary starting capital that will cover the cost of the EMPACT House lease and provide a small operating budget to cover in the year 2013. This grant will be given to EMPACT Haiti as startup capital.



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EMPACT Northwest dba Disaster Response Northwest

Location: Tacoma, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.EMPACTNorthwest.org
Project Leader:
Jake Gillanders
Executive Director
Kingston, WA United States

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