Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) members have been continuing relief efforts on the ground in Haiti since the January 12 earthquake and have most recently responded to both Hurricane Tomas and the cholera outbreak.
The DIRT team was the first to arrive in Saint-Marc to provide assistance to St. Nicholas Hospital in response to the cholera outbreak in the region. As the epidemic spread, Global DIRT acquired an ambulance from Youth With a Mission (YMAM). Global DIRT and YMAM together ran the only on-call ambulance in Saint-Marc where the teams transported cholera victims that were unable to travel for to the hospital for treatment. Global DIRT’s additional personnel then landed in Haiti and resupplied the MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders) facility with HTIwater hydrowells and hydropacks that produce an ORS (oral rehydration salts) solution from non-potable water.
As news developed about tropical storm Tomas, the Global DIRT team returned to Port-au-Prince to prepare for an EMS response. The team prepped a mass casualty ambulance, a swift water rescue rig, a traditional ambulance rig, and coordinated with Haiti’s University and Educational Hospital (HUEH) to have two additional ambulances on standby. The team spread the EMS contact number for direct assistance in case of emergency. The morning that the hurricane hit, a Global DIRT unit evaluated tent cities and flooding in Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Petionville, and the greater Port-au-Prince area to provide feedback to other NGO’s and Haiti’s Joint Operations and Tasking Center (JOTC). As the day continued, EMS rigs were sent to tent cities to provide health and wellness checks in between bouts of hurricane-force rain.
The Global DIRT team continues to deploy EMS assets to Port-au-Prince and will be receiving additional personnel in the coming days.
For those looking for a way to help Haiti, please consider giving to Global DIRT to help us continue our EMS and logistical coordination efforts in the greater Port-au-Prince area. Your contributions go directly to the purchase of safe medical supplies, gas for ambulances and the salaries of Global DIRT’s Haitian employees. For more information about Global DIRT’s efforts in Haiti, please check out the “Current Project” page on our website, or contact our volunteer team directly through the Global DIRT contact form.
Again, as always, thank you sincerely for your continued support of Global DIRT and for raising awareness about the conditions in Haiti.