Here’s what’s going on with our partners in Haiti:
Amanda Schwartz of Partners In Health has been relaying emails coming to her from PIH’s health facility in Cange, which is treating an influx of patients from Port-au-Prince around the clock:
“Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS… Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP [United Nations Development Program] needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”
“We really need sheets and blankets and clothes — it’s been cold and people are in shock as is. Last night was long and cold in Cange, even with the addition of half of the fabric from Jackie’s shop cut into sheets. Also, soap and general hygiene items.”
PIH clinicians also sent these photos this afternoon. The emergency room at the PIH facility was overflowing with patients from Port-au-Prince, so they set up an emergency triage in a church in Cange:
Partners In Health are still taking donations — click here to give straight to the relief efforts in Haiti.
Our other partners, Concern Worldwide, told us they have located the majority of their staff in Haiti and are operating out of their central office in Port-au-Prince, which withstood the quake even though the nearby hospital in Petit Ville collapsed. From the moment the quake struck, teams launched relief efforts and life-saving assistance from this building. More teams from their New York office have since joined and plan to stay as long as they’re needed.
Concern has launched a public emergency appeal for $7.5 million in order to continue search and rescue missions as well as food, water, shelter and medicine distribution. They’re accepting donations online here. Right now, they are focusing on immediate survival needs, but the work spans more than that. Their history in Haiti and commitment to sustainable development will keep them involved in areas affected by the quake for as long as necessary.