By Jennifer Browning
Project Medishare is working to sustain our long-term commitment to our relief efforts in Miami. In order to minimize costs, we are transitioning our flight schedule to once a week.
Beginning May 1, all volunteer flights will arrive and leave from the Port-au-Prince airport on Saturdays only. Monday, April 26 will be the last Monday flight.
For those who have not signed up, but are interested in volunteering, please register at: https://secure.med.miami.edu/volunteer_for_haiti. Please keep in mind that it may be a while before you are called upon to be deployed to the hospital. As as we have already transitioned from strictly providing critical care towards trauma and rehabilitation, we have a greater need for specialized medical volunteers.
The minimum number of days volunteers would be deployed is eight. Anything beyond that would be determined by the need and the Chief Medical Officer.
Volunteers should be aware that Haiti is headed into the rainy season. The field hospital has already seen many wet evenings. It is advised that among other items, that volunteers pack a poncho, boots, plenty of socks, and mosquito nets to go over your cot in the sleeping quarters.
It is recommended volunteers see that all appropriate vaccinations are updated, and that volunteers speak to their doctor about the appropriate prophylaxis for malaria prevention. Volunteers can check MD Travel Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention sites for clarification on which vaccinations are currently necessary for Haiti.
To date, Project Medishare has had over 1500 volunteers donate their time and expertise towards our relief efforts in Haiti. We thank everyone who has taken the time to help our neighbors in Haiti.
Should you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Project Medishare at firstname.lastname@example.org.