Yesterday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti devastated Port-au-Prince, and casualties are feared to be in the thousands. Partners in Health, the organization co-founded by Paul Farmer to bring medical care to the world’s poorest people, has facilities across Haiti and is working to provide desperately needed relief. In an email and on its website, PIH gave an update of the situation in Haiti and asked for support. It said:
“The earthquake has destroyed much of the already fragile and overburdened infrastructure in the most densely populated part of the country. A massive and immediate international response is needed to provide food, water, shelter, and medical supplies for tens of thousands of people.
In an urgent email from Port-au-Prince, Louise Ivers, our clinical director in Haiti, appealed for assistance from her colleagues in the Central Plateau: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS… Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”
With our hospitals and our highly trained medical staff in place in Haiti, Partners In Health is already mobilizing resources and preparing plans to bring medical assistance and supplies to areas that have been hardest hit. In Boston, our procurement and development teams are already fielding numerous offers of support and making arrangements to deliver resources as quickly as possible to the places where they are needed most.”