Direct Relief has a long history of support to medical facilities and health care partners throughout Haiti, including during the 2010 earthquake and the subsequent recovery efforts that would take place over the next decade. Direct Relief has provided more than $321 million in medical resources to health clinics and hospitals over the past decade and long-standing relationships with local organizations providing care in the country allow the organization to rapidly respond to the recent quake.
Earthquakes strike without warning, rapidly causing numerous deaths and injuries. In the aftermath of large quakes, widespread damage to residences and health facilities often means thousands of people are left homeless and in need of medical supplies and health care. Direct Relief partners with local organizations in affected countries to ensure those who are most vulnerable are able to receive the medication and care they need.
Direct Relief is mobilizing emergency shipments of medicines, wound care supplies, medical tents, IV solutions, medical backpacks, and other resources to equip healthcare providers in Haiti with these most-needed items.
The impact will be that people in need receive medical care and services, with the long-term goal of having healthier communities in Haiti.