Partners in Health: Haiti Earthquake

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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck western Haiti on Saturday, August 14. As the largest non-governmental healthcare provider in Haiti, PIH immediately began organizing staff and supplies to respond. Donate now to provide lifesaving care.

We’re still learning about the scope of the disaster and assessing the needs in the most affected areas of Haiti’s southern peninsula. But we know that there are thousands of casualties in the larger population centers and in outlying areas, many of which remain cut-off from outside support.

Our immediate efforts are focused on mobilizing support to these hard-hit areas, including the cities of Jeremie, Les Cayes, and Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, the epicenter. Our first team of doctors arrived in Les Cayes on Monday morning and are triaging patients and assessing surgical needs. Those doctors and nurses are part of a Zanmi Lasante staff that is 99% Haitian and more than 6,500 strong, partnering with the national health authorities to constitute the country’s largest and strongest health system.

We are deploying additional teams—including trauma and orthopedic specialists—to the peninsula when roads are cleared. Our construction partner, Build Health International, is on the ground conducting safety assessments in places with significant structural damage.

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About the Host

Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.

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