Haiti's hospitals have been overwhelmed by thousands of injured residents after a devastating earthquake hit the country on Saturday 14 August. The 7.2 magnitude quake destroyed hospitals, health facilities and thousands of homes and buildings. It is estimated that at least 2,200 people have been killed, with the death toll expected to rise as the search for people trapped below the rubble continues. 

Southwestern Haiti bore the brunt, especially in the region in and around the town of Le Cayes. Tropical Storm Grace, which hit the afflicted area on Monday, is set to hinder the rescue efforts and exacerbate the situation further as landslides are expected. Haiti's Civil Protection Agency has said the hospitals that were still functioning were struggling to cope. In the north-western city of Jérémie, another badly hit area, doctors treated injured patients on hospital stretchers underneath trees and on mattresses by the side of the road, as healthcare centres run out of space.

The situation in Haiti was already extremely difficult due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a severe economic downturn aggravated by fierce gang violence, and a political crisis that has engulfed the troubled nation after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on 7 July.

 

 

 

 

IMAGE CREDIT: REUTERS

International Health Partners is responding with urgent medical supplies to restock those depleted by the disaster. 

Responding quickly in the aftermath of a disaster is absolutely critical in minimising loss of life and suffering. IHP was able to respond immediately with a shipment of antibiotics and facemasks to support the initial response. So far, Haiti has only received about 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, enough for just 2% of the population. This makes face masks a vital supply for this response.

Additionally, on Thursday 26 August, 30 Essential Health Packs (EHPs) left the UK on a humanitarian flight to our partner Food For The Poor in Haiti. These EHPs will be used to support around 8,000 people with the essential medicine they need following the earthquake

We need your help now to meet this increasing gap in supply and coordinate shipments of critically needed medicine as soon as possible. Please donate today to support the people of Haiti.

 

 

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