Within 48 hours of the deadly January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, AmeriCares arrived, airlifting $6 million in crucial medicines that made a lifesaving difference to the countless numbers of innocent people trapped in the rubble and chaos.
Today, we remain firmly on the ground – with a clear plan of action to strengthen Haiti’s health care system and bring help to thousands of families who struggle daily with poverty, disease, and malnutrition.
- More children are being vaccinated against the threat of disease;
- Expectant mothers and their babies are getting the care they need to survive and thrive;
- Neighborhoods, orphanages, and villages are winning the fight against cholera, and learning how to best prevent its onset;
- Health workers are being trained to help their communities today, and respond to future disasters.
AmeriCares has been hard at work in post-earthquake Haiti, building a stronger, healthier future for countless survivors.
In the first four years after the disaster, we've worked with more than 155 health care providers, delivering $76.3 million in aid, including:
- Enough medicines to fill 2.8 million prescriptions to help people with cholera, diarrhea, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pain, trauma, wounds, respiratory illness, infections, eye diseases, blindness, malnutrition, obstetric emergencies and more.
- 1,701 shipments—an average of more than one a day for four years—including medicines, medical supplies, purified water, nutritional supplements, surgical supplies, medical and diagnostic equipment and more.
- Medicines and medical supplies for 754 volunteer medical trips to provide primary and specialty care to patients in dire need.
Today AmeriCares Haiti—with its office, warehouse, and 17 staff—is officially recognized as a non-governmental organization within the country. Working with trusted partners, our recovery aid focuses on:
- Cholera prevention and treatment: We’ve invested $8.9 million in medicines, supplies, and project support – including enough oral and IV solutions with medicines to provide 400,000 treatments for patients. Project support includes prevention programs that target health education, hygiene promotion and training of health workers in urban and rural communities.
- Improving maternal and child health: Since the earthquake, we have donated more than $3.7 million in medicines and funding for programs and services to support and improve maternal and child health. This includes $2.8 million in medicines, enough to fill 373,000 prescriptions. Project funding includes ambulances for obstetric emergencies, construction of a maternity center, and training of midwives in underserved communities worth more than $900,000.
- Combating chronic disease: We’re working to fight chronic disease, donating close to $30 million worth of medicines for patients struggling with diabetes, hypertension and heart disease—enough medicine to fill 1.3 million 30-day prescriptions.
- Restoring, rebuilding and strengthening health care: Collaborating with more than 40 Haitian health organizations, we have invested more than $2.4 million for projects and services that restore access to quality health care.
Over the past four years, AmeriCares medicines and supplies have reached all 10 departments in Haiti. Our funding alone, to support and develop projects and services, has reach nine of 10 departments.
AmeriCares partners with RKLS to provide quality health care services to approximately 50,000 people in rural areas of Western Haiti. The support includes medicines and supplies as well as construction funding for the clinic and its sanitation facilities.
AmeriCares Haiti team has been busy in advance of another active Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1 to November 30) predicted by the National Weather Service. The team has prepositioned cholera medicines and supplies and family preparedness kits to help families in flood-prone communities.
AmeriCares works closely with Project Medishare to help provide critical medical supplies and equipment to help Hôpital Bernard Mevs in Haiti meet the needs of the many people who rely on its services.
In Haiti, AmeriCares provides medicines and supplies to Love A Child, a healthcare partner since the 2010 earthquake. Supplies like IV fluids, crucial for treating cholera, have provided lifesaving help to patients like Joenne, who has survived two life-threatening conditions in 7 short years.
“Partnership for a Better Haiti,” a program supported by AmeriCares, focuses on addressing the health needs of young women and adolescent girls through prevention and support activities.
Four years after the devastating Haiti earthquake, AmeriCares remains firmly on the ground – with a clear plan of action to bring health and healing to people still struggling in the aftermath
A teenager who lost his legs in the 2010 Haiti earthquake is able to walk again, with prosthetic legs from the AmeriCares-supported BRAC Limb and Brace Center in Haiti.
As part of an ongoing objective to fight diarrheal disease and cholera in Haiti, AmeriCares provided funding for the construction of a community latrine and hand-washing station for partner clinic Rezo Koze Lasante.
In recognition of World Diabetes Day, AmeriCares supported FHADIMAC’s public campaign in Haiti to screen 1,000 patients and raise awareness about diabetes and hypertension.
Because cholera prevention is a central focus for AmeriCares ongoing work in Haiti, World Hand Washing Day is significant for one clear reason: good hygiene plus good sanitation saves lives.
The AmeriCares Medial Outreach program donated medicines and supplies to aid a short-term medical mission to help school children in Haiti. The team treated the children for wounds, skin infections, and dental cavities and abscesses. Dental care is a significant problem within the school-age population.
Each year, when the rainy season in Haiti prompts a spike in cholera cases, AmeriCares is ready in advance. Since the 2010 cholera outbreak, AmeriCares has delivered more than 325,000 cholera treatments – enough medicines to treat about 150,000 patients -- and supported the training of over 140,000 people in cholera prevention.
Stamford, Conn. – April 18, 2013 – AmeriCares is supplying critical funding and technical support to allow an important limb and brace clinic to continue serving earthquake survivors in Haiti. The BRAC Limb and Brace Centre opened in Port-au-Prince in September 2010 to design and custom fit prosthetic limbs and braces for children and adults injured in the massive earthquake eight months earlier.
An innovative AmeriCares program in Haiti is funding the restoration of an emergency room destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, and providing impoverished patients increased access to top quality specialty care
Since the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak, AmeriCares has delivered more than 325,000 cholera treatments, and supported the training of 140,000 people to help fight this deadly disease.
In Haiti, a successful immunization initiative supported by AmeriCares is producing powerful results: the vaccination rate among women and children in one remote community has jumped from three percent to nearly 90 percent.
In partnership with GHESKIO Center, an eminent AIDS and tuberculosis clinic in Haiti, AmeriCares is providing needed medical aid to treat patients with tuberculosis.
On World Diabetes Day and throughout the year, AmeriCares Haiti is working hard to bring care to the neediest people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses. A recent AmeriCares grant will screen and educate thousands of patients, spread awareness and fund training for health care providers to save lives.
AmeriCares is working with partner icddr,b in a worldwide Global Cholera Preparedness Initiative.