Medical supplies in Haiti
As AFSC staff prepare to head for Haiti to assess opportunities for longer-term recovery work, we received a very nice thank you from Handicap International. With $50,000 from AFSC, medical equipment is now in the hands of mobile response teams and more than 450 emergency packages containing needed blankets, cooking sets, water filters, and other needed supplies have arrived for use in Haiti.
Here is the note from Handicap International with more details:
Handicap International is deeply appreciative of AFSC’s generous gift of $50,000, which has helped expedite the swift delivery of much needed medical and emergency relief supplies in Haiti. We now have 16 expatriates – physical therapists, physicians, certified prosthetists orthotists, spinal cord and burn experts – from all over the world and 80 national staff hard at work delivering emergency relief and medical supplies. The staff are working on both emergency response as well as beginning to set up the longer term rehabilitation services that will be critical for a long time to come.
Our staff are divided into six mobile response teams that are working in six of the 12 functioning hospitals in Port au Prince and four different neighborhoods including two that were particularly hard hit (and already very poor before the quake) – Carrefour and Carrefour Feuille. Our expatriate and Haitian health teams have counted approximately 500 amputations in Port au Prince between Saturday morning and this morning. The supplies purchased and delivered with AFSC funds will mostly be distributed in Port au Prince. We have, however, been able to complete assessment missions to Jacmel, Petit-Goave, Grand-Goave and Leogane – and have found that the destruction from this earthquake extends well beyond the capital city. Some supplies are consequently now being moved out to these smaller cities.
Again, thank you for your fast and efficient mobilizing of funds – as you well know, time is of the essence and the need is very great. We look forward to continuing to find ways to cooperate in Haiti as both of our organizations well understand the need to work with our local partners there for the long term.