You may be wondering whether MADRE is actually able to transport emergency relief given Haiti's decimated infrastructure.
We have determined that our partner organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante, is able to bring humanitarian aid overland into the country. Teams of healthcare workers from the project have established a functioning supply chain through the Dominican Republic and are currently delivering medical aid to those most in need in Haiti.
Zanmi Lasante has more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses and nursing assistants coordinating emergency medical relief efforts. They are setting up mobile field hospitals in Port-au-Prince, where staff can triage patients, provide emergency care and send those who need surgery or more complex treatment to our partner's functioning hospitals and surgical facilities outside the destroyed city.
At the moment, their greatest need is financial support to meet the needs of the communities hardest hit by the earthquake. Zanmi Lasante needs support to quickly procure emergency medical supplies and basic living necessities, as well as transportation support for the tens of thousands of people that will be seeking care at mobile field hospitals in the capital city.
Time is of the essence. We know how to get help to survivors, but we need your generosity to purchase emergency supplies.
Please donate today.
Sending Medical Professionals to Haiti
MADRE is collaborating with Partners in Health to send a team of medical personnel to Haiti. In particular, surgeons (especially trauma/orthopedic surgeons), ER doctors and nurses, and full surgical teams (including anesthesiologists, scrub and post-op nurses, and nurse anesthetists) are needed.
If you are a health professional interested in volunteering, please send an email to email@example.com with information on your credentials, language capabilities (Haitian Creole or French desired), availability, and contact information.
We will provide more logistical information in the upcoming days.