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 three years after the disaster, we've worked with more than 142 health care providers, delivering $63.5 million in aid, including:
- Medical treatments to help 2.6 million people with cholera, diarrhea, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pain, trauma, wounds, respiratory illness, infections, eye diseases, blindness, malnutrition, obstetric emergencies and more;
- 1,433 shipments—an average of more than one a day for three years—including medicines, medical supplies, purified water, nutritional supplements, surgical supplies, medical and diagnostic equipment and more;
- Medicines and medical supplies for 582 volunteer medical trips to treat patients in dire need.
Today AmeriCares Haiti—with its office, warehouse, and 16 staff—is officially recognized as a non-governmental organization within the country. Working with trusted partners, our recovery aid focuses on:
- Improving access to health care: with donations of anesthetics, antibiotics, vitamins, pain relievers and medicines to treat chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
- Cholera prevention and treatment: we’ve delivered 325,000 treatments and supported prevention programs that target health education, hygiene promotion and training of more than 100,000 health workers in urban and rural communities.
- Improving maternal and child health: Supporting health programs targeting women and children, including vaccination programs, along with health and safety education for adolescent girls.
- Preparing for future disasters: We are funding projects that pre-position crucial supplies so partners can prepare for local emergencies, and fund equipment and training to increase the capacity of emergency medical services.
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.
AmeriCares Haiti team is prepared in advance for 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.
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.