Here's an brief update from Paul S. Moore, President of CitiHope, about this weekend's medical airlifts:
Hope for Haiti Mission: Saturday/Sunday
- On Saturday, 5 Pilatus flights left our Saint Simons Island staging location and hanger, 1 from Huntsville, Al. coordinated by Josie Dittrich, and supported by Mike and Peggy DiBenedtto. (who drove the U-Haul truck south) Pilots are contemporary heroes, with servant hearts all.
- One more flight will be loaded this afternoon and another tomorrow (Sunday) for a total to date of 8 relief flights.
- Paul Jr. and his team are excelling in every way. They have full access at the Barahona Airport, and the Jimani Hospital ranks CHI as it's best partner from a critical care/focused response point of view. We have established an on-site warehouse, and continue to provide "dial tone" access to us here for further targeted procurement.
- Yesterday Paul organized the construction of 2 X-Ray exam tables, and delivered to Jimani an autoclave, 4 sets of walkie talkies with 5 mile range, and other critically needed supplies, rushed from airplane to hospital in a matter of hours. For more detail, go to CHI's web site www.citihope.org
- Thank you for what you've done as a BOD, staff and partners to raise funds, contribute personally and through your circles. It's a great encouragement.
Now, the new challenge, most urgent: We have been asked to supply FOOD SECURITY for the 800+ patients and dependants on the compound. While there are many heroic doctors and nurses caring for the Haitian wounded, as of yet, no other agency including USAID, has responded with food aid. Paul Jr. is organizing the construction of an outdoor kitchen, locating cooking ware, and staff here are looking for individual reusable serving bowls and eating utensils. Yesterday, CHI located 5,000 lbs of dehydrated soup mix from Stop Hunger Now in Richmond, Va.--a perfect solution for the need at hand.
The challenge is to a) find transportation to get it from Richmond to the DR ASAP, and b) raise funds to administer this feeding program we don't have, nor planned on caring for as a part of our response when we started out 10 days ago.
If you know a church group or agency that could sponsor food relief for 800 Hatian patients being treated in the DR, please put us in touch. PSM