Haiti: ADRA Provides Water, Medical Aid

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Wahroonga, New South Wales - An international emergency response team from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is now in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, coordinating the provision of immediate water supplies and medical aid to more than 30,000 earthquake-affected people.

ADRA, together with its partner Global Medic, has set up a water distribution centre at the Haiti Adventist University to provide clean water for some 30,000 internally displaced persons who have sought refuge on the campus, which is located in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince. In addition, ADRA has already distributed thousands of water purification tablets.

Furthermore, ADRA, along with its partner Johanniter International and a medical assessment team, has already distributed 13 boxes of medical supplies at the Adventist Hospital of Haiti and provided medical assistance to the injured. A clean water access point has also been installed at the site.

"There are a lot of people leaving Haiti. Many are injured, including children, and they need immediate assistance," said John Torres, Senior Public Relations Manager for ADRA International, who is travelling with the team. According to Torres, the situation on the ground is dismal, especially in Port-au-Prince. Buildings have been destroyed, fuel shortages are widespread, and the humanitarian situation has become severe.

"There are a lot of dead people," said Torres, while driving through Port-au-Prince aboard an ADRA convoy. "It looks like the city has been bombed. People are trying to dig by hand and move the crushed concrete. On the grounds of the presidential palace, thousands of people are staying in makeshift shelters."

The worldwide ADRA network urgently needs donations to meet the needs of those affected, requiring US$1 million in the long-term to help communities rebuild. ADRA Australia has opened a Haiti Earthquake Appeal and is calling for support for the response efforts in the region. Donations can be made to ADRA Australia by calling 1800 242 372 or visiting www.adra.org.au. Donations to ADRA Australia's Haiti Earthquake Appeal will be used to support the disaster response, recovery and reconstruction efforts in the area. If the appeal raises more funds than are needed, donations will be allocated to ADRA Australia's ongoing emergency management activities.

During its initial response, the agency expects to distribute more than 2 million water purification tablets, provide medical treatment through a team of doctors and emergency medical technicians, and dispense antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, and other medical assistance. ADRA will continue to grow its response based on ongoing assessments and in consultation with partner organisations, including government response agencies, United Nations agencies and other non-government organisations.

ADRA Australia is a non-government organisation (NGO) engaging in sustainable development projects and emergency management activities for people in need in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. It is a member of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and has full accreditation with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and is a signatory to ACFID's Code of Conduct. ADRA Australia is part of the international ADRA network, which has a presence in 125 countries. ADRA is the worldwide humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For more information about ADRA Australia, or to sign up for email updates, visit www.adra.org.au.

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