HAITI: From One Emergency to the Next – Update from Doctors Without Borders

Posted on February 15, 2010


From the Haiti Action website:

Haiti: From one emergency to the next


Haiti earthquake – One month on

Update from Doctors Without Borders

Port au Prince, HaitiMSF — One month after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the numbers are still difficult to digest: more than 200,000 deaths, 300,000 injured and hundreds of thousands made homeless. From day one, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been providing life-saving surgery and care. The needs are now evolving as delivering post-operative care and improving people’s living conditions emerge as the greatest priorities.

Dealing with the emergency

On 12th January 2010, the existing MSF health structures in Port-au-Prince did not escape the wrath of the massive earthquake that hit Haiti. For several days afterward, in fact, many MSF staff members remained unaccounted for. We later learned that seven had died.
Within minutes of the catastrophe, however, people with severe injuries started arriving at the sites of MSF’s existing hospitals in Cité Soleil, Martissant, Trinité, Pacot and Carrefour. Emergency first aid was provided all evening and throughout the night, the medical teams illuminating their work with flashlights and the headlights of cars.

Continue to the Haiti Action site for full story and pictures.