In the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, VIDA quickly responded by airlifting two containers carrying $2.0 million in medical emergency relief into Haiti's triage supply chain. This was made possible by the generous support of Global Giving members. VIDA is now focusing on rebuilding the long-term healthcare delivery systems in Haiti's remote communities and assisting a physician’s group who is making quarterly visits to Haiti to support a clinic in Cayes Jacmal.
VIDA is still in the planning phase of a three year program to annually ship twelve containers of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in Petit-Goave, Paillant and Miragoane. These hospitals were decimated in the quake and serve hundreds of thousands of Haiti's poorest citizens. VIDA has chosen these three hospitals because they are operating in regions underserved by relief efforts. The need for healthcare is becoming even more acute as temporary clinics are being dismantled as emergency aid organizations have winded down their operations.
VIDA is also currently supporting a medical team headed by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloire who is the Chief of Medicine at the Oakland Veterans Administration Clinic. Dr. Magloire, and two other Haitian born physicians have spent two 15 day shifts at a healthcare center in Cayes Jacmal and will be returning once again in June 2011. The clinic has eight observation beds, urgent care unit, and six operating rooms. The clinic serves 3,000 patients. Many walk up to 3 hours to receive care. Arriving at the clinic in the morning, they are met by long-lines of people to receive treatment. They are treating people for infectious diseases such as malaria, gastro intestinal disease, cardiac, metabolic diseases and orthopedic issues. Infectious diseases run rampant due to poor infrastructure and clean water. Even before the earthquake, access to medical care had always been scarce. These Doctors spend long days and nights caring for patients. There is little time for sleep. VIDA has provided multiple small shipments of equipment that the doctors bring with them on their visit. Shipments have included several endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia, ECG and dialysis machines.
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