Please see the message below and pass this on to friends or click on where it says, “Help us stand up for Haiti Now” in order to go directly to a site where you can make a donation. This letter comes from my best friend Guitele. She is Haitian-born, educated and raised in the U.S. We met when we were students in Paris and have been friends ever since. I have visited Haiti with her and met her family. Luckily, all her family there is safe. Here is what she says:
“Partners in Health is an organization with which I worked for over 12 years and am on the board of advisors. I can vouch for their effectiveness, efficiency, honesty, and integrity. Paul Farmer, the founder, is the UN deputy envoy to Haiti, second to Bill Clinton. Your support will be well spent and organized. They have provided top notch medical care to the very poor in Haiti and know and understand the needs of the population. In addition, they are in a unique position to support the organization of a coherent response to this crisis. Please give generously. Thank you.”
Thank you for your donation to PIH’s earthquake response effort. A tremendous volume of support has flowed in due to your efforts, but still more will be needed to addressthe devastation that Haiti has experienced.Below is a message that we will be sendingout to all of our supporters. Please continue to work for the people of Haiti by
forwarding this on to friends and family.
to collect as much information as possible about the conditions on the ground, the
relief efforts taking shape, and all relevant logistics issues in order to respond efficiently
and effectively to the most urgent needs in the field. At the moment, PIH’s Chief
Medical Officer is on her way to Haiti, where she will meet with Zanmi Lasante
leadership and head physicians, who are already working to ensure PIH’s coordinated
relief efforts leveraging the skills of more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses
and nursing assistants who work at Zanmi Lasante’s sites.We have already begun
to implement a two-part strategy to address the immediate need for emergency
medical care in Port-au-Prince. First, we are organizing the logistics to get
the medical staff and supplies needed for setting up field hospital sites in
Port-au-Prince where we can triage patients, provide emergency care, and send
those who need surgery or more complex treatment to our functioning hospitals and
surgical facilities. To do this, we are creating a supply chain through the Dominican
Republic. Second, we are ensuring that our facilities in the Central Plateau are ready to
serve the flow of patients from Port-au-Prince. Operating and procedure rooms are
staffed, supplied, and equipped for surgeries and we have converted a church in Cange
into a large triage area. Already our sites in Cange and Hinche are reporting a steady
flow of people coming with medical needs from the capital city. In the days that come
we will need to make sure our pharmacies and supplies stay stocked and our staff
continue to be able to respond. Currently, our greatest need is financial support.
faced years of crisis, both natural disaster and otherwise. The country is in need
of millions of dollars right now to meet the needs of the communities hardest hit by the
earthquake. Our facilities are strategically placed just two hours outside of
Port-au-Prince and will inevitably absorb the flow of patients out of the city. In addition,
we need cash on-hand to quickly procure emergency medical supplies, basic living
necessities, as well as transportation and logistics support for the tens of thousands
of people that will be seeking care at mobile field hospitals in the capital city. Any and
all support that will help us respond to the immediate needs and continue our mission
of strengthening the public health system in Haiti is greatly appreciated.
Help us stand up for Haiti now.
awareness of the earthquake tragedy. Please alert your friends to the situation
and direct them to www.pih.org for updates and ways to help.
Thank you for your solidarity during this crisis,