Help for Haiti!!


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.”

Dear Guitele,
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.
In solidarity,
Ophelia Dahl

Dear Guitele,
Over the past 18 hours, Partners In Health staff in Boston and Haiti have been working

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.
Haiti is facing a crisis worse than it has seen in years, and it is a country that has

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.
If you are not in a position to make a financial contribution, you can help us raise

awareness of the earthquake tragedy. Please alert your friends to the situation

and direct them to for updates and ways to help.

Thank you for your solidarity during this crisis,

Ophelia Dahl
Executive Director Partners In Health
888 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02215


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