Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One Week After the Earthquake in Haiti

Here’s an update on the CitiHope medical relief effort for Haiti:

Life-saving medicine, medical supplies and equipment are on their way to Samaritan Hospital in Jimani, DR, which has been receiving large numbers of patients from Haiti in the aftermath of last week’s earthquake.

The first relief flight landed at 9 AM today in Barahona, Dominican Republic, with water purification systems, satellite telecom sets, medicines, casting materials, two medical doctors, and supplies.

The second medical shipment is staged at Saint Simons Island, GA, ready to be loaded on the next flight which leaves tomorrow morning at 5am for the airport nearest Jimani, DR, just eight miles from the Haitian border.   Paul Moore II, Vice President of CitiHope International, will accompany this shipment and ensure its delivery directly to the medical volunteers treating patients brought in from Haiti.

Among the doctors on-site to treat the injured is an ER Surgeon from Harvard/Operational Medical Team and ten other docs, nurses, and pharmacists. I’m told they did 45 amputations yesterday, more today. They had to proceed without adequate anesthesia…
Josie Dietrich, our colleague on Saint Simons Island, has been amazing in finding the pilots/planes, and  coordinating all the landing/take offs.  She was able to get a dedicated hanger for storage, refueling provisions, and accommodations for flight crews (donated) at the Hampton Inn on site.

CitiHope has raised close to $100,000, not all in yet, but pledged. We need another $50 -$60,000 if we want to keep this going for another few weeks.  Online donations can be made directly to CitiHopeInternational   www.citihope.org