Health Care and Education for Disaster Survivors

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
He's healthier because of you!

EDV directors Andy and Emma are in Haiti right now, and they have completed visits to several of the sites where we executed the health education programme.

We’re delighted to report that at each project site, staff have seen a marked decrease in the frequency and severity of waterborne and respiratory illness. This is a direct result of the information they learned about preventing the spread of illness in the classes you made possible.

At the LMT orphanage, staff put it very clearly saying “The children are much better now – they don’t have diarrhea as much, and don’t cough so much. And when they do, we can help them.” These may seem like small changes, but in a country where seeing a doctor is often difficult or impossible and many children die before age five, this is a fantastic result.

You made the classes which are still keeping kids healthy possible. We can’t wait to travel on to future disaster zones and repeat this success – and we hope you’ll be there with us, supporting health education for disaster survivors.

Thanks so much, and take care!

Meeting with orphanage staff
Meeting with orphanage staff
She's healthier because of you!
Surveying the floods. Photo: Reuters
Surveying the floods. Photo: Reuters

On Friday August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti, bringing 60mph winds and torrential rain. Isaac flooded many parts of Port au Prince, flattened countless tents, affected 14,000 families, and killed at least four people.

Happily, our partners are all operating out of well-constructed concrete buildings, so their homes are safe. However, they aren’t out of danger.

The flooding caused by Tropical Storm Isaac will almost certainly lead to a spike in cases of cholera and other water borne illness. Thanks to your donations, our partners know how to avoid these illnesses, and will know how to care for anyone who does fall ill.

But given the increased risk of an outbreak, we want to be sure they’ll have the tools they need to stay healthy and handle any medical emergencies.

We hope that you’ll donate today so that we’ll have the funds we need to purchase bleach, soap, pay to have any blocked drains cleaned so that water can drain, and create a fund for purchasing medications if anyone does fall ill.

These funds will mean that we can help our partners avoid illness following Isaac’s devastating floods and ensure that any sickness which can’t be avoided can be treated. If you can’t give, you can still contribute by sharing this page and letting your friends and family know how they can help survivors stay healthy following Tropical Storm Isaac.  

Thanks so much for all you’ve already given, and our warmest regards.

Flooding following the storm. Photo: Reuters
Flooding following the storm. Photo: Reuters


Thanks so much for your support
Thanks so much for your support

On Wednesday, June 13th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 50%! This is a fantastic opportunity to make your donations go even further and help us bring health care and education to disaster survivors in 2012.

By donating on Wednesday, you can give us the resources we'll need to respond when disaster strikes. Your donations will provide medical supplies, pay for transport for patients to hospital, and help survivors stay healthy through education.

We hope you’ll give generously on Wednesday. Any donation, whatever its size, will help us prepare for future disasters. If you can’t donate yourself, you can still help by letting others know about this fantastic matching opportunity. Please email friends and family or spread the word on Facebook.

You’ve already made so much great work possible in Haiti, and we hope that on Wednesday you’ll be a part of helping survivors worldwide in 2012.

Thanks so much, and our warmest regards.


It’s been almost five months since we left Haiti and completed the fantastic health education programme you made possible. The lessons learned by children and care givers are being put to work daily in Port au Prince, helping orphans stay healthy and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.

Since leaving Haiti we’ve been busy working with staff funded by the Vodfaone Foundation to attract new supporters, raise funds, and build our capacity to respond wherever and whenever we’re needed in 2012.

When disaster strikes, as it inevitably will, we’ll be there, ready to provide health care and education. We hope you’ll be there too, standing with us and helping provide the funds we need to support survivors worldwide.

We’ll keep you updated on our plans to respond to disasters as they occur in 2012. We hope that if you can’t make a donation now to help us prepare for future needs, you’ll be willing to spread the word or give what you can when disaster strikes.

Thanks so much for all your made possible in Haiti, and we look forward to working with in future disaster zones worldwide.


Staying Healthy - thanks to you!
Staying Healthy - thanks to you!

What an extraordinary start to 2012 it’s been for EDV and our programme to provide health care and education to disaster survivors.

After working with orphanage directors and children in Port au Prince they’re now putting their new knowledge to work. We’re delighted to report that using what they’ve learned, illness is decreasing and general health improving.

These improvements in health would not have been possible without you. Your donations made it possible for Haitian orphans to avoid Cholera, worms, and work proactively to stop the spread of illness.

At EDV we’re now consolidating lessons learned in Haiti, bringing new partners on board, and preparing to provide health care and education around the world wherever and whenever disaster strikes.

Your generosity makes our work with survivors possible. Thanks so much for all you do, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Take care, and our warmest regards from Haiti.

Staying Healthy - thanks to you!
Staying Healthy - thanks to you!
Staying Healthy - thanks to you!
Staying Healthy - thanks to you!

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Emma Taylor
Southport, Connecticut United States

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