By Jennifer Browning
Project Medishare Co -Founder Dr. Barth Green is currently meeting with Haitian President Rene Preval to discuss relief efforts in Port-au-Prince and Haiti.
Project Medishare’s 11-person trauma team has been on the ground in Port-au-Prince since Wednesday morning. The trauma team worked out of United Nations headquarters at the airport, but under very difficult circumstances.
Project Medishare’s Executive Director, Ellen Powers, reported that the amount of suffering is far overwhelming the capability to help.
Three more teams arrived on Thursday with medical supplies. Instead of working out of UN headquarters, the teams are now working between Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital Hospital Universitaire de la Paix, and a makeshift hospital outside the Hotel Villa Creole where it will be easier to provide better care. Medical teams will be flying in daily to assist the primary Project Medishare team.
Project Medishare’s office and staff house in Port-au-Prince has been destroyed. Two staff members are missing and believed to be in the office at the time of the quake.
Powers said that while there was a need for medical supplies that logistically getting these supplies into the streets of Port-au-Prince are nearly impossible right now.
CNN’s Eric Marrapodi reported that the pier used for delivery of cargo to Port-au-Prince was “completely compromised” by Tuesday’s earthquake. Marrapodi said three ships filled with medical supplies, food, clothing and water were turned away. He also reported that roads leading into the city from the dock were bucked about 5 feet high by the earthquake.
Project Medishare is asking that donors do not send supplies right now, but to donate money to Project Medishare’s Earthquake Relief Fund so that Project Medishare medical teams may purchase necessary supplies.
Project Medishare has been working in Haiti since 1995 and is committed to long term recovery efforts for years to come. Project Medishare is uniquely positioned to provide disaster relief services in Haiti because of the staff experience, language skills and relationships developed over many years working in this impoverished country.
The most urgent need right now are cash grants. You can donate through the online Earthquake Relief Fund today.
Click here to donate online or you can send checks by mail to Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc., 8260 N.E. 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33138.