Today marks the two-year anniversary of the January 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti which caused the worst carnage, not only in the history of Haiti, but in this hemisphere. Because of Project Medishare’s history of helping Haiti since 1994, our team was able to respond immediately after the earthquake and created the first and only Critical Care and Trauma field hospital located on the grounds of the Port-au-Prince airport. In the two years since this tragedy, Project Medishare has made great strides in expanding our programs to provide healthcare and development services to over 180,000 people, thanks to the incredible generosity of people like you, our loyal supporters, volunteers and donors.
Here are a few highlights of the exciting progress Project Medishare programs have made since 2010:
- Running Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM), the only Critical Care and Trauma hospital in all of Haiti, with recent funding extension from American Red Cross to sustain this lifesaving operation through December 2012
- Operating the only Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Unit in the country at HBMPM Treating over 60,000 patients at HBMPM
- Producing and fitting prosthetic limbs for over 800 amputees with our partner Knights of Columbus
- Operating the first publicly available 16-slice CT scanner, donated by Yele Haiti, which has performed over 700 scans
- Graduating the first ever class of 14 Haitian Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), with our partner EMPACT. EMT’s now run our Emergency Medical Service using two donated ambulances
- Treating 20,000 cholera patients, launching a widespread cholera education campaign and distributing more than 100,000 aquatalets to families
- Continuing to provide community healthcare in the Central Plateau to over 100,00 people per year
- Providing healthcare to more than 20,000 schoolchildren in 120 schools in Central Plateau through our School-Based health center program
Today, on the 2 year anniversary of the earthquake, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is operated by more than 200 Haitian healthcare workers, who have been trained by an ever decreasing number of medical volunteers as the baton has been passed onto a new generation of Haitian physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Today, our Central Plateau programs are thriving, reaching more underserved children and adults than ever before, and with new programs like our Maternal Health Center and Akamil Nutrition factory slated to open in the Spring.
On this solemn anniversary, we remember the 300,000 innocent lives that were lost and so many millions more who were affected by this disaster. Please consider making a donation to help Project Medishare continue to provide lifesaving care and opportunity for so many people in Haiti. We cannot continue this important work without your support.
Dr. Barth A. Green