2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief

by Partners In Health (PIH)
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief
2021 Haiti Earthquake Relief

Paul (48 years old) is treated at HUM after arriving via air ambulance. Photo by Nadia Todres for Partners in Health (Zanmi Lasante).  

Dear Friends,  

It has been almost a year since the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, leaving thousands dead, injured, and displaced.In response to the 2021 earthquake in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante (ZL), as Partners In Health is known locally, continued to support the provision of urgent care and support the continuum of care for all patients. Since August 2021, PIH/ZL has received and treated 67,658 patients, including those with severe conditions as a result of the earthquake requiring orthopedic surgery, at its tertiary referral hospital, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM).  

PIH/ZL has provided psychosocial assistance to more than 3,113 patients who were affected by the earthquake which included food and hygiene products, and school materials. Via mobile clinics, a total of 36,825 patients have been seen in the hard-hit areas of Grand-Anse and Sud. PIH/ZL is continuing to support interventions for the management of malnutrition and mental health, strengthening psychosocial support for victims, and continuing to provide needed medical supplies and equipment across the earthquake-impacted regions, as well as support the construction of three permanent health centers in Gauthier Civil, (Plaisance du Sud, Nippes), Baie Dumesle (Saint Louis du Sud, South), and Basse Rivière Desormeaux (Bonbon, Grand Anse). A meeting took place on June 24, 2022, with health authorities to review and approve construction plans. 

Moving forward, PIH/ZL will continue to provide social support and mental health services to both patients and staff through its networks across rural Haiti, and seek to establish a new partnership with the Haiti National Ambulance Center (CAN) to improve services for emergency care and provide enhanced malnutrition support for pediatric patients across our network, particularly in Boucan Carre, where the highest number of children experiencing malnutrition have been reported.  

The August 2021 earthquake in Haiti continues to make evident the importance of a long-term effort to strengthen the public health system in Haiti. Zanmi Lasante (ZL) is committed to this work and continues to prioritize targeted interventions that will build long-term resiliency into the public health sector and ensure that Haiti is better prepared for the next emergency. Looking forward, PIH/ZL’s earthquake response and recovery strategy will continue to center on strengthening Haiti’s public health sector, building capacity through education and training of the Haitian health workforce, and prioritizing support for the most vulnerable. 

On behalf of those we serve, thank you so much for your invaluable partnership and kindness to support thousands of Haitians impacted by the earthquake. Your support today saves lives and heals families in some of the world’s poorest communities, where we stand beside ailing, marginalized people -- who face the kind of everyday hardships most of us can only imagine. 

In Solidarity,  

Partners In Health 

Medical team at Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais (Mirebalais, Haiti) August 19, 2021. Photo by Todres for Partners in Health (Zanmi Lasante). 

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Patients are transferred to PIH/ZL-supported University Hospital of Mirebalais in the days following the earthquake in southern Haiti. Photos by Nadia Torres for Partners In Health

Dear Friends,

On the morning of August 14th, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, leaving thousands dead, injured, and displaced. The epicenter occurred approximately 150 miles west of Port-au-Prince, largely affecting the cities of Les Cayes (the capital of the South, or Sud) and Jérémie (the capital of Grand Anse). The earthquake comes on the heels of recent political and civil unrest; impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic; and worsening circumstances for Haitians already experiencing extreme poverty, limited access to health care, and food and economic insecurity.

Partners In Health (PIH) and our sister organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante (ZL), mobilized an immediate response to this devastating emergency, and now, PIH/ZL’s efforts have transitioned from immediate response efforts to the recovery phase. PIH/ZL’s emergency response and long-term recovery efforts center on partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health and support that reinforces local partners and the broader public health system. Specifically, PIH/ZL’s approach has been guided by three strategies:

  1. Mobilizing a rapid response directly in the earthquake zone and building partnerships with local partners for medium to long-term response efforts;
  2. Reinforcing PIH/ZL’s network of health systems to provide urgent care and support the continuum of care for all patients, now and in the future; and
  3. Strengthening Haiti’s public sector for the long term.

 Some key progress achieved:

- PIH/ZL provided social support packages to 257 patients affected by the earthquake and provided psychosocial assistance to more than 2,100 patients.

- Via mobile clinics, a total of 18,961 patients were seen in the hard-hit areas of Grand-Anse and Sud.

- PIH/ZL transported up to 209 medical and consumables items, to the earthquake zone, including 29 items to Health Equity International’s St. Boniface Hospital and 181 items to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) in the greater southern regions.

PIH/ZL provided six training sessions from January 24, 2022 to February 4, 2022, by two PIH/ZL teams in the southern regions.

- PIH/ZL continued a robust vaccination effort across its 17 supported health facilities throughout the regions of the lower Artibonite and Central Plateau.

-  PIH/ZL provided direct financial support to 258 employees whose families were affected by the earthquake, with assistance totaling over $247,000.

PIH/ZL’s earthquake response has ensured that immediate support was provided to address the most urgent needs of those affected by the earthquake, while ensuring that emergency response efforts were integrated into a longer-term commitment to strengthen the health system for the long term. Looking forward, PIH/ZL’s earthquake response and recovery strategy will continue to center on strengthening Haiti’s public health sector, building capacity through education and training of the Haitian health workforce, and prioritizing support for the most vulnerable.

On behalf of those we serve, thank you for your partnership to support the thousands of Haitians impacted by the earthquake and to advance a more equitable health system that can fulfill the right to health care for all in Haiti.

In Solidarity,

Partners In Health

Dr. Rimpel (red shirt, scarf, glasses), chief of emergency medicine at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, leads an emergency medicine training session at the Partners In Health offices in Boston. Photo by Nina Peskanov for Partners In Health

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Dear Friends,

Partners In Health (PIH) staff and patients are so grateful for the tremendous support that we received during the 2021 Haiti Earthquake Response. These efforts make a huge difference in the recovery for dozens of family in Haiti since the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday, August 14.

As the largest non-governmental healthcare provider in Haiti, PIH is deploying staff and supplies, and providing trauma and emergency care. PIH has worked with the government of Haiti to build the public, internationally accredited, 350-bed teaching hospital after the 2010 earthquake. Zanmi Lasante, PIH’s sister organization in Haiti, remains a firm and reliable partner where close to 99% of staff is Haitian; they continue responding to the needs of their neighbors, friends, colleagues, and families.

Clinicians at HUM treat Paul, a 48-year-old man who was injured during the Aug 14 earthquake. Photo by Nadia Todres / PIH

Shortly after the earthquake, the beds began to fill up with patients with various traumas, including pelvis and leg fractures, chest and abdominal injuries, and burns. Besides, PIH’s global supply chain and logistics team operated a flight to Haiti on October 3 and carried ultrasound equipment, orthopedic products, and other supplies essential for the earthquake response.

Now nearly four months past the August 14 earthquake, PIH is transitioning from emergency response to recovery across Haiti’s southern peninsula while supporting mobile clinics, helping local partners obtain needed supplies and medications, and preparing for the reintegration of patients directly served at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. Staff will remain in contact with patients to follow their journey toward healing.

 

Dr. Paul Farmer meets with Etienne at Hospital University de Mirebalais. Photo by Nadia Todres / PIH

Thank you so much for your continued support of PIH’s work in Haiti as we strive to help Haitians rebuild their lives after the devastating disaster. Your solidarity with our staff and patients allows us to deliver critical care and essential supplies to those affected by the earthquake, while upholding our long-term organizational commitment to strengthening and building a resilient health system for all Haitians.

In Solidarity,

Partners In Health

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