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Samelle Joseph

A Life-Changing Day

December 19, 2016 - Haiti

Samelle Joseph

Free Surgery Begets a Lifetime of Opportunities

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Samelle Joseph is a 10-year-old girl who has been living with a very severe form of Blount’s disease, a deformity of the lower limbs that commonly afflicts a specific ethnic group in Haiti. The disease also includes increased weight and specific morphologic features, as well as moderate to severe progressive medial leg bowing and tibial bone changes.

Because of the deformation caused by Blount’s disease, Samelle and children like her face physical disability,…

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by Dr. Patrick Dupont

On the 5th anniversary of the 2010 earthquake which weakened already failing systems and institutions and amongst sensible but still insufficient efforts to rebuild its infrastructures, Haiti’s health care system is still failing as showed by the last health indicators.

Access to quality health care is very limited and very patchy as insufficient public health initiatives are further lessened by lack of resources amongst the rebuilding effort. In the current public health panorama, a few decentralised hospitals have risen with the help or through infrastructure funding from partnered organisations and…

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Photo: RMF Haiti Project Coordinator, Dr. Patrick Dupont in Haiti

February 8, 2012

by RMF Haiti Project Coordinator, Dr. Patrick Dupont

I’d like to share an interesting article I cam across at Caribjournal.com proposing an explanation to what happened to the aid money to Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. I found it to be an interesting theory.

Maybe you’ll draw your own conclusions from it.

http://www.caribjournal.com/2012/01/30/the-search-for-aid-money-in-haiti/

 

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Haiti Quake Efforts Were Hampered by Poor Information Sharing

January 20, 2012 - Haiti

by Dr. Martina Fuchs

photo: Displaced Earthquake survivors living in temporary camps

By Dr. Martina Fuchs

Having witnessed Haiti post-earthquake firsthand, the enclosed news release provides an accurate analysis of the humanitarian efforts. The Pan American Health Organization pretty much co-managed the relief efforts with the Haitian government.

Photos in this blog posting were all taken by Real Medicine Foundation photographer, George Papuashvili and are the property of Real Medicine.

photo:Family in a Tent Camp

PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION…

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Photo: Dr. Martina C. Fuchs, RMF Founder/CEO, making new friends at the Lwala, Kenya Community Hospital, October 1, 2011

We are so grateful to all our friends, supporters and teams around the world and wish everyone a fantastic 2012!

Having wrapped up another successful  we want to pause and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported our work in 2011.  You have helped us achieve so much, and we give our deep thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!

In 2011 we..

In Japan, post-earthquake and…

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The orange alert has been lifted on 9 June by the Direction de la protection civile (DPC). River water levels have started to recede in affected areas of the Nippes, West, Artibonite and Centre departments.

According to final estimates by the DPC, 28 people died, 6 have been injured and 6 are still reported missing. The West department, including Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, has the highest fatality rate with 22 deaths.

CAMP COORDINATION/MANAGEMENT (CCCM)

Needs: A total 213 vulnerable sites were assessed by telephone between 6 and 7 June. Needs assessment teams, deployed by the…

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Cholera alerts on the rise

The number of weekly hospitalizations nationwide has increased from an average 1,700 to 2,600, reports PAHO in its latest bulletin dated May 27. The South-East, Grande Anse, South and West are the departments most affected by outbreaks of cholera with a surge over the past three weeks inthe number of daily alerts received from partners in the field. In the South-East department, the number of hospitalization has tripled over the past two weeks, with some of the cases coming however from neighboring West Department. From 21-23 May, a significant increase of…

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Haiti Health Cluster Bulletin:

Cholera and Post-Earthquake Response in Haiti: April 15th, 2011

The following report was compiled by the The Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) and PAHO, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Americas,coordinate the Health Cluster. MSPP Cluster Contacts: Dr. Claude Surena; Dr. Jean Hugues Henrys; PAHO/WHO Contacts: Dr. Juan Carlos Gustavo Alonso and Dr. Josep Vargas.

Highlights

The number of cholera cases nationwide continues to decrease. The number of cases…

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The Following report is compiled by the the Ministère de la Sante Publique et de la Population (MSPP) and PAHO, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Americas, coordinate the Health Cluster. MSPP Cluster Contacts: Dr. Claude Surena; Dr. Jean Hugues Henrys; PAHO/WHO Contacts: Dr. Dana van Alphen.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

The security situation has presently improved in all regions of the country, but may deteriorate again, as the problems associated with last elections remain unresolved. The celebration of Carnival, which begins o Sunday in some cities, could potentially lead to…

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Haiti

One Year On

January 06, 2011 - Haiti

Photo from Guardian.co.uk

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010, it is a sad reminder of how little has actually been done to rebuild Haiti.  Only the most basic of healthcare and tent accommodation is available for the 1 Million that are still homeless, and unbelievably only 5% of the rubble created by the earthquake has been cleared.

These are shocking statistics considering over $2 Billion was pledged to the relief efforts, with only 42% of funding has actually been spent and the coordination between the UN and…

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Last 3 days to give!

December 29, 2010

If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!

As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.

As you know, we have set the goal of raising $100,000 by December 31st, and would greatly appreciate if you consider Real Medicine for your year-end donation.

In the spirit of Real Medicine…

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Real Medicine Foundation is proud to announce that we have been designated as a beneficiary for the Hope Help Relief for Haiti "The Truth" fundraising event.  Our relief and long term capacity building projects in Haiti will be the sole beneficiaries of any proceeds given to RMF.

Urban Zen Foundation’s Hope Help Relief Haiti for The Truth is a multimedia art exhibition which will provide Gifts of Love to the people of Haiti.

The…

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By Patrick Dupont

Now, more than 11 months after the catastrophic events of January 12 and the devastating blows to its already impoverished socio-economic state and structures, Haiti’s population is facing many other day-to-day hardships and obstacles, and two new foes:

1. An unprecedented cholera outbreak, which started in October and has already claimed more than 2,000 lives and touched roughly 92,000 Haitians while hospitalizing more than 42,000 of them [PAHO EOC situation report # 16, December 6, 2010].

The Ministry of Health, enrolling many partners amongst the already widely…

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As we continue to follow the Cholera outbreak in Haiti:

"The UN has appealed for nearly $164m (£102m) to fight a cholera outbreak in Haiti which has now claimed 724 lives.

UN spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said that unless funds were provided, "all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic". (BBCNews)

BBC news reporting that while Haiti missed the brunt of the Hurricane Tomas storm, the flooding that followed the heavy rains has greatly increased the risk of a large cholera outbreak in the capital, with more than 70 cases…

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BBC news reporting that while Haiti missed the brunt of the Hurricane Tomas storm, the flooding that followed the heavy rains has greatly increased the risk of a large cholera outbreak in the capital, with more than 70 cases reported in Port-au-Prince, and more than 540 people killed in the areas outside of the capital that were first affected.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11729665

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Haiti Bracing for the Storm

November 05, 2010 - Haiti

by Johnathan White

Our staff and friends in Haiti are all bracing for the heavy rains and wind later today and hoping that the massive tent camps don’t turn into a worse situation than they already are.  The Port-au-Prince area is already a very fragile situation with the recent Cholera outbreak and the continued lack of real development funding from the international community.  Most living in the tent camps are reluctant to leave the little they have as they are worried they won’t be able to return or will lose what little they have.  Little has changed for the Haitians since…

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Storm track has been adjusted a little further west — and storm strength was lowered slightly prior to Tomas moving just west of Haiti early tomorrow morning.  However – its the right side or specifically the NE quadrant of hurricanes/tropical storms that are associated with the greatest lift/rain forcing and coastal storm surge as water will be moving onshore on the southern half of Haiti (maybe on the order of 2-5 feet near the beaches on the south coast). Flooding rain and winds gusting 50-65 mph will be the main impacts.

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Haiti is bracing itself for Tropical Storm Tomas and the heavy rains that are due to follow.  Refugees are being advised to leave the tent camps but have nowhere to go.

From BBC news:

Haiti has been placed on high alert as a powerful storm sweeps in, threatening thousands of earthquake survivors still living in camps.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11696626

UN OHCA group’s report below:

Emergency supplies and equipment are urgently needed in preparation for Tropical Storm Tomas.

WASH, shelter, logistics and communication clusters have identified requirements in terms of equipment…

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I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

According to the Civil Protection (DPC), Haiti is in the trajectory of Hurricane Tomas, which is expected to impact Haiti on Friday 5 November. In collaboration with the DPC, the UN and humanitarian community have activated contingency plans for hurricane response.

Planning figures of 100,000 families affected means 150,000 tarpaulins and 100,000 blankets will be needed in addition to contingency stock already in country.

The MSPP, UN and humanitarian community continue to respond to the cholera outbreak.

The health cluster reports five cholera treatment centres (CTCs)…

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/world/americas/23cholera.html

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Just in case people have forgotten that very little has actually been done to resolve enormous tent city/homeless situation in Port au Prince, or the fact that the  $1 Billion the US promised has yet to materialize due to political games being played in the US Senate….the BBC has checked back in on the situation in Haiti and reviewed a recent report published by Refugees International and is not impressed, here is their not so uplifting update:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11491537

In addition to RMF supporting a team of nurses in one of the…

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Haiti Update

Hurricane season complicates relief efforts

September 27, 2010 - Haiti

by Dr. Martina Fuchs

By Dr. Martina Fuchs

Information by OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

At approximately 3pm local time on September 24th a storm with high winds and rain struck the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area for about 30 minutes. The storm was not predicted and no warnings were therefore issued. Thus far, five people were confirmed dead and there are several reports of injuries and people being trapped under fallen trees and collapsed shelters. The camp management and camp coordination cluster (CCCM) currently estimates 2,000 tents damaged or destroyed in camps across Port-au-Prince. Assessments of damage…

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By Kevin Connell and Jonathan White

This series of video clips was shot by RMF’s Kevin Connell in the St. Pierre Square tent camp in Petionville, an upper-class neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.  This is a small tent camp set up in a public square but one of the largest tent camps in the city is located on a nearby golf course with an estimated 50,000 people occupying.  Voluntary settlements like these were setup in virtually every square or open space in the city after the disaster.  These clips gives you a little more insight into the living conditions…

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In this article posted on Huffingtonpost.com, Amy Goodman, the renowned host of Democracy Now!, echos much of what we’ve heard from our staff on the ground, and points out that according to the Washington Post only 2% of the promised reconstruction aid has been delivered, and much of the U.S’s $1.15 Billion pledge is still stuck in Congress.  It is also pointed out that they could only find 6 of the 197 organizations that solicited money having publicly available reports detailing their activities.

We at RMF are proud, as always, to have detailed every penny spent on our…

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Real Medicine in Haiti: 6 months later and beyond

July 12, 2010 - Haiti

by Alex Areces and Jonathan White

As we pause to mark the somber six month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and the 230,000 lives lost, it is worth noting not only the significant achievements of the international aid community but also how dire the situation remains and the immense challenges that lie ahead.  Most of the 1.5 million Haitians that were left homeless are still living in the immense tent cities due to sheer scale of the logistical and legal challenges of rebuilding literally hundreds of buildings on mostly private property. The health care system is still in tatters, and…

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Photo from RMF USA: Hurricane Relief: Memphis By Allison Glennon

There was an article published today by the Associated Press about childrens artwork from Haiti, paintings and drawings made children after the earthquake that are now on exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution. It reminded me of a story that our Founder, Dr. Martina Fuchs once told me about emotional care and one box of donated crayons.

The enormity of something as devastating as an earthquake like Haiti has a tendency to shut children off and they can become dangerously emotive, they bottle up.…

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When Haiti struck we were all shaken. We all pitched in even in these hard times and we we made small donations add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in hours. In the face of devastation of this magnitude we said that we would not only build back, we would build back better.

Hundreds of blue and white tarp-covered shacks crowd a low-lying, flood-prone ravine at Marassa 14, a camp where 3,000 people live outside the capital of Haiti. But since January, we have seen little happen. Now, almost 5 months after the quake, only around 7000…

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“Unprecedented amounts of money have been pledged to Haitian relief in the last few months. American households have given over $1 billion and in March, 120 countries pledged over $9 billion(!) to rebuild. The only problem is that – historically – blanketing a country in aid and money has never really worked so well. Is there a chance this time things could be different?”

In this episode This American Life seeks to understand what is happening in Haiti: why aid money seems frozen and what is needed to make sure that once released, every Haitian,…

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by Kevin Connell, RMF Program Director, Caribbean

Real Medicine has continued to push forward its strategy for healthcare in Haiti.  Our partnership with Lambert Santé has been building traction over the past few weeks.  The hospital has already hired 3 out of 4 new medical residents to join the core staff at the hospital and is working on hiring 4 nurses, which we expect to happen over the course of the next two weeks.

This critical increase in the rotating core medical personnel at the hospital will go to support 24 hour emergency care,…

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Sean Penn made a powerful point in his speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday in his update on the reconstruction efforts in Haiti.  He reported that the international community’s unprecedented support after January 12th has not made its way to the community fast enough, citing excessive caution at the hands of the decision-makers in writing the checks.  Mr. Penn said that the “bureaucracy of international aid is protecting people to death”, arguing that in trying to avoid the problems of aid to Haiti that have taken place in the past like corruption and aid-dependency, the international community…

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Audio slideshow: Life in a camp in Haiti

Recorded and photographed by Jake Price. Produced by Jake Price and Phil Coomes (bbc.com)

In January an earthquake in Haiti killed up to 230,000 people and left more than one million homeless.

As the rainy season began, photographer Jake Price travelled to a number of the many camps that house some of those left homeless and presents his impressions of those struggling to rebuild their lives.

“There is an undercurrent of vibrant life in Haiti that the waters cannot wash away. After…

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April 29, 2010 By Kevin Connell

May is almost here and Real Medicine’s projects in Haiti are moving forward into the second phase of the reconstruction efforts.

We’ve signed an agreement to begin supporting Hôpital Lambert Santé in Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, a 14-bed private facility set in the upscale hillside suburb of the capital.  Six months ago the facility was a state-of-the-art clinic that specialized in plastic surgery, focused on serving the elective healthcare needs of this middle to upper class Haitian community.

But with the earthquake, the needs of the community permanently shifted. …

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After a three-week hiatus from Haiti to help present Real Medicine’s strategy for the country to key contacts in Washington, including a Director on Obama’s executive committee at the White House, it’s been very strange being back on the ground in Port-au-Prince.

I’m not sure what has specifically changed.  The crush of relief workers, military personnel and patients is less pronounced but still ever-present.  There is still unbearably bad traffic in the mornings and afternoons on the major arteries, UN peacekeepers / Haitian police continue to prowl the streets and setting periodic roadblocks, and the…

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Reposted from Huffington Post.com

Dr. Joia Mukherjee Posted: April 7, 2010 01:18 PM

$5.3 billion over the next two years. A total of $9.9 billion for three years or more. The amounts pledged to support relief and reconstruction at the March 31 international donors’ conference for Haiti were impressive. So was much of the accompanying rhetoric about recognizing Haitian leadership and empowering the Haitian people. Overall, March 31 was a very good day for Haiti, with one very big caveat: now these pledges and principles have to be translated into concrete, effective, and sustained…

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Real Medicine has been invited to Protravel International’s 2010 Pre Tour Connection Event as a guest and beneficiary.

Protravel International works with the finest hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines and tour companies in order to bring quality life experiences to our clients and will be holding this event as an introduction to their Los Angeles Tour Connection show.

Proceeds from the event will support Real Medicine’s work in Haiti as we strive to meet the countries immediate and long term health care challenges and ease the suffering of a people who have lost everything. You…

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The following is an article called Time for the Warriors by Wyclef Jean about his work in Haiti, published in Huffingtonpost.com.

In this article, Wyclef touches on the impact of his warriors–people of all backgrounds, doing what they can to help people in need– and his vision for a better future in Haiti through Yele Village:

“I have started developing Yéle Village, which will give hundreds of people jobs, and we’re going to include a school, a substantial food production facility, a medical clinic and an orphanage.”

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Project Timeline: Major Events in Weeks Following Earthquake:

➢    Week Two (Jan 18th): Real Medicine arrives on the scene in the Dominican Republic’s Haitian border and performs needs assessments at the following border hospitals in Jimaní: o    Good Samaritan Hospital o    Melenciano Hospital

Both facilities began receiving patients immediately after the earthquake and grew to become hubs for Advanced Surgery and Intensive Care procedures. ➢    Week Two (Jan 18th): RMF procures and delivers a shipment of over 3,500lbs in medical supplies and equipment, flown into Barahona, Dominican Republic, in support of efforts at:…

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Today in New York the UN meet to discuss their plan to not just rebuild Haiti, but to make it better than it was before–to lift Haiti out of poverty once and for all:

"It is a plan to create a new Haiti. A Haiti where the majority of people no longer live in deep poverty, where they can go to school and enjoy better health, where they have better options than going without jobs or leaving the country all together."

But on the ground the people of Haiti have little reason to…

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The following article re-posted from liveshot.blogs.foxnews.com illustrates how non-profits faced with dwindling funds and daunting emotional needs are forced to find creative ways of keeping their promises to the people depending on them.

Among the shrinking list of remaining aid groups, Real Medicine has stayed and is determined to stay until, quite simply, we are not needed anymore.

With so many children who have yet to stand since the quake, that time is not now. The more people who help, the more we can do. (Learn more about how you can help us create a locally…

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By Adam Clark Estes Editor of citizen journalism at the Huffington Post.

Haiti is still there. Shattered, starving and suffering, the Haitian people endure despite the media’s most recent retreat in coverage. And slowly, a rebuilt nation is rising from the rubble.

During the next ten weeks, members of the Huffington Post Citizen Reporting unit will chronicle these efforts on this blog. The team includes relief workers both on the ground in Haiti, members of international support teams like UNICEF and Oxfam as well as supporters dispatching help from their hometowns across…

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Help The Bedford Lions Club and help Haitians walk again.

Please help by donating your clean and serviceable crutches, canes, folding walkers and folding wheelchairs to the Bedford Lions Crutches for Haiti Campaign.

These items are urgently needed by the Haitians crippled by the February earthquake.

Check out the Bedford Lions Club website at http://bedford.nhlions.org/ for more information.

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Haiti’s Looming Healthcare Transition

March 12, 2010 - Haiti

by Kevin Connell

Joshua hasn’t always had this much attention.  He was found after the earthquake hit by some rescue workers who were searching through the rubble for survivors.  Joshua was significantly dehydrated, malnourished and bleeding profusely from deep lacerations to his arm.  In the aftermath of the biggest earthquake to strike Haiti in more than a century, he had been left alone to fend for himself in the dust and rubble. 

Somewhere between eight and ten years old (no one is sure), Joshua is non-verbal and struggles from the debilitating effects of Cerebral Palsy.  He has clearly never received treatment…

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US President Barack Obama has warned of a second disaster in Haiti, saying people should be under no illusion that the crisis there is over.

Mr Obama said the situation in Haiti remained "dire" almost two months after the earthquake struck.

He was speaking after talks with Haitian President Rene Preval in Washington.

Mr Obama told Mr Preval that the US would continue to help Haiti in its recovery and reconstruction efforts.

He praised Mr Preval for being a "profile in courage" in the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude quake.

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by Jonathan White

– Additional humanitarian assistance needed for increasingly strained host families

– Large parts of population leaving Port-au-Prince and putting a huge strain on underequipped communities in both outlying and border areas.

– Shelter and sanitation remains as top issue in all locations. So far emergency shelters have been distributed to 50% of those in need.

– Reported cases of malaria rising steadily in line with season/conditions in the temporary camps. – Contingency planning committee under the UN for upcoming rainy season began this week.

President Obama, commenting on…

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Dear Friends,

Help us build and man our LA Marathon Cheer Station!

As an Official Charity, Real Medicine is given the opportunity to decorate nearly 1/2 mile of the course in any way we would like. In support of the people in Haiti, we have decided to make our cheer station a statement of hope for Haiti. We are collecting solid color sheets and decorating them with messages of support and healing from the LA Community. Then, on race day we are going to hang them as a kind of tent city as a reminder that that…

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After Haiti’s quake: children in Pétionville danced at a day care program run by the French Red Cross. More Photos »

By SIMON ROMERO

Published: March 6, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Thousands of schools in and around this devastated capital could remain closed for months or never reopen, according to Haitian and United Nations education officials. That leaves vast numbers of children languishing in camps or working in menial jobs as they struggle to survive.

Even before the Jan. 12 earthquake, only…

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Take a drive around Port-au-Prince…

Immersive Media developed a camera with roughly 15 lenses all shooting at the same time and the technology to allow the viewer to choose the vantage point while wacthing the video play back. Basically, you can "take a look around the frame" in a full 360 degrees. In this video someone stuck the camera to the roof of a car and drove around Port-au-Prince. Take a look… Video

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“…but long-term care isn’t even on the horizon.” –Associated Press

Maybe, but we just signed on to pay long-term, living wages for local medical staff in Port-au-Prince. There is still a lot to do–people are sleeping under sheets in the rain, there is still no food or clean water–but there are still groups trying …to help Haiti get back home again. Find out more.

Billions for Haiti, a criticism for every dollar (AP)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The world’s bill for the Haitian earthquake is large and growing — now $2.2 billion —…

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Haiti Relief efforts March 1, 2010 By Jonathan White

➢    Number one issue is provision of adequate shelter/housing. ➢    Food assistance moving into second surge phase with food baskets. ➢    Decongestion of settlement camps and creation of adequate sanitation is top priority. ➢    Rubble/Debris removal begins with over 86,000 Haitian workers hired.

The latest OCHA situation report from the UN reports that while the immediate emergency needs (food, water, health care) in Port-au-Prince are being covered, organizations continue to deal with many requests from outlying areas.

While the Port-au-Prince and directly surrounding area…

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 20, 2010 By Kevin Connell

Much-Needed Rehab Equipment Obtained through Portlight.org We made a great connection tonight with a supplier from Portlight.org working out of Quisqueya University.  The school was shut down after nearly all of its building collapsed in the earthquake, but it is currently being used (along with the other Quisqueya schools) as a staging point for relief operations. As mentioned in the previous post, our partner, Sacred Heart Hospital, has been inundated with amputees for weeks without the proper human or physical resources to treat them. …

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Haiti: Food Crisis Looms

February 22, 2010 - Haiti

FEBRUARY 18, 2010

Haiti’s misery after last month’s earthquake will be compounded by a food catastrophe if the international community continues to ignore the country’s agricultural needs, the United Nations has warned.

Despite pledges covering over 95 percent of the 575-million-dollar target set for the U.N.’s Flash Appeal to rebuild Haiti, where food insecurity was a massive problem even before the earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, there is a big shortfall in the campaign’s agriculture component.

Indeed, only eight percent of the 23 million dollars required for the sector’s immediate needs…

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Notes from RMF’s Kevin Connell, on the ground in Haiti These are photos of Quisqueya, a Christian School on Delmas 75 that has turned into a coordination center for relief efforts in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere. They have meetings every night with the heads of some major health NGO’s, suppliers and hospitals, acting as a platform for people to exchange information, resources, etc.

Quisqueya is also housing docs/nurses/ents and has been allocating them to health facilities, tent camps, etc each day (including ours). They have supplied our medical staff each day for the current week.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 18, 2010 By Kevin Connell

Haiti – Learning to Walk Again

Real Medicine, in partnership with Chadasha Foundation, has been allocating volunteer medical professionals to Sacred Heart Hospital (Hôpital Sacré Coeur) near the heart of the city to help in ongoing treatment and rehabilitation services.  One of the biggest challenges in Haiti is rehabilitating the new population of amputees.  The first few weeks are critical to getting these patients mobile as much as possible, strengthening what physical resources remain in the process.  Oftentimes this process is more…

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“…these little scraps of paper are like diamonds.” “…’One day at a time,’ she sings, ‘One day at a time”‘

Haiti: One Month on (BBC Video)

BBC.com

Monday, 15 February 2010

A month on from the Haiti earthquake and the government says the death toll may have reached 230,000. The relief effort has been hindered by severe damage to roads and communications and now the country is facing the start of the rainy season. In Leogane, the epicentre of the quake, west of Port-au-Prince, 90% of the buildings are in ruins…

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 17, 2010 By Jonathan White

URGENT PRIORITIES for Haiti Relief efforts as of February 17, 2010

-Shelter and sanitation in preparation for rainy/hurricane season -Rubble removal -Medical outreach to outlying communities -Cash for work programs

Haiti Situation update:  February 17, 2010:

Just over a month after the earthquake, and with the arrival of the rainy season just a few weeks away, the challenges for the international aid efforts in Haiti are still monumental.

As of February 15th, the national civil protection agency in Haiti estimates that…

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Haitians mourned during a memorial service on Sunday. The government said more than 230,000 people died in the earthquake.

Haiti Emerges From Its Shock, and Tears Roll

By DEBORAH SONTAG

Published: February 14, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Will anyone remember that 17-year-old Angelania Ritchelle, a parentless high school student who wanted to be a fashion model, died of fright two days after the earthquake and ended up in a mass grave on the outskirts of this city?

That is what her cousin Emmanuella Dupoux, 23,…

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photo: A message covers a bandage on the amputated leg of earthquake survivor Vemah Cade at a U.N. field hospital in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 19. Since the quake more than 2,000 people have suffered amputations, according to World Health Organization officials.

In Post-Quake Haiti, A Surge Of Amputees (reposted from NPR.com)

by Corey Flintoff

Survivors of Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12 earthquake will have lingering memories of what they lost — loved ones, homes and cherished possessions. But some people will have constant, life-long reminders because they’ve lost parts of themselves.

Hospitals…

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Cathedral School for Boys

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First Grade News!

Dear Parents,

In the last few weeks the first grade boys have learned that sometimes from little things, big things can come. Their actions to support the people of Haiti created a ripple affect through the school community and what started with many of the first grade boys offering to empty their piggy banks and do extra chores became something so much bigger. The boys in first grade had already decided to challenge their big brothers to fundraise money for Haiti and then…

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Fact check: Haiti by the numbers (CNN)

February 13, 2010 - Haiti

by Emma Lacey-Bordeaux and Ninette Sosa

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux and Ninette Sosa, CNN

Friday marks the passage of one month since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti. As thousands of Haitians gathered in the center of Port-au-Prince to remember what was lost that day, Ann Veneman, executive director of UNICEF, spoke to CNN’s "American Morning" about the situation.

"We don’t know how many actually were orphaned by the earthquake. There are so many children in Haiti without parental supervision who need to be cared for, who need to be fed, clothed and so forth and protected," she said.

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OCHA Video: The 132nd rescue by French NGO Search and Rescue team was Natalie. They do not show it much in this video, but when Natalie finally emerged, she was singing.

Story of Hope Video

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — It was as if the giant crowd were celebrating a joyous occasion — not a coming-together one month after a deadly earthquake.

Thousands of Haitians, many of them smiling, gathered Friday at the center of Port-au-Prince to remember the 7.0-magnitude quake of January 12 that leveled most of their capital city.

A sea of people waved their arms in the air, prayed, cried, sang and — where space permitted — danced.

The earthquake is blamed for killing more than 212,000 people, injuring 300,000 and leaving more than 1…

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 11, 2010 By Kevin Connell

There has been a lot of activity in Port-au-Prince in the past few days.  Overall in Haiti there has been a lack of coordination between medical facilities and suppliers.  In response, Real Medicine has been networking with hospitals, NGOs, and UN agencies to build our own network to support the continued efforts at our clinics and partner facilities.  The solidarity of the Haitian people, particularly through our partner, the First Baptist Church in Pernier, has been a major asset in maintaining our efforts despite the lack of coordination from the…

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 9, 2010 By Kevin Connell and Michael Lear

Despite substantial progress made by the international aid agencies in coordinating food and water distribution, challenges continue as many, out of sheer desperation, cannot wait for help to arrive.   On our way home from the UN compound last Friday, crowds overthrowing food and water delivery trucks entering Port-au-Prince stopped traffic.

As tensions rippled through surrounding communities, our clinic in Pernier was being transformed into a food distribution center.  Over the weekend a tractor-trailer dropped off food supplies, which were…

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Haiti Raises Death Toll to 230,000

February 10, 2010 - Haiti

More Bodies Remain Uncounted from Earthquake; New Figure Gives Same Death Toll as 2004 Asian Tsunami

"(CBS/ AP)":http://www.cbsnews.com/news/haiti-raises-death-toll-to-230000/

Haiti’s government has raised the death toll for the Jan. 12 earthquake to 230,000 from 212,000 and says more bodies remain uncounted.

The government initially estimated 150,000 dead on Jan. 24, apparently from bodies being recovered in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, the capital that was near the epicenter.

Haiti Earthquake – Latest Coverage Haiti Relief: How You Can Help

Communications Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said Tuesday the government…

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Rainy Season Approaches in Haiti

February 09, 2010 - Haiti

From: democracynow.org

The United Nations is warning that Haiti may soon face another catastrophe as the rainy season approaches. Aid workers are racing to move victims outside floodplains and into tents. They are also trying to clear tons of debris from ravines, canals and riverbeds, so rain does not turn the camps into breeding grounds for disease.

Kim Bolduc of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti: “The concern now, obviously, is the rainy season that is about to come. So, regarding shelter, we are now considering the setting up of some…

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The Real Medicine clinic opened on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010. On opening day we saw 166 patients and by the second day that number grew to well over 200.

See more photos of Real Medicine in Haiti

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 4, 2010 By Dr. Martina Fuchs, Michael Lear and Kevin Connell

We saw 166 patients at our medical clinic in Pernier, Port-au-Prince, on February 3, opening day; already more than 200 today.

Pernier, Port-au-Prince Medical Clinic

Dr. Martina Fuchs and Michael Lear at the opening ceremony and healthcare education on February 3, 2010

One of the many patients with an amputation

Part of the team on opening day, including RMF’s Kevin Connell and Nurse Carolyn

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THANK YOU for coming out last night to support Real Medicine Foundation Haiti at House of Blues.

It’s one thing to have amazing musicians support your work, and another to have the community step in. Together you helped us raise $25,000!!

Thank you so everyone who came to join us, and for those who stopped by our booth to find out more or buy RMF support items. Last night we made close to $2000 just in sales alone. Thank you to those who bought our t-shirts–wear them and help spread the word! We have…

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Real Medicine Foundation Opens First Medical Clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti

Los Angeles, CA – February 2, 2010 –  Real Medicine Foundation announces that it will open its first medical clinic tomorrow, February 3, 2010,  in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Real Medicine founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs says, “The whole community is involved.  We have sixty people working together.  As we gather supplies, local carpenters are building exam tables.  It is truly a beautiful group effort.”

The clinic, located in a two-story building that appears to be a safe structure…

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Haiti three weeks later

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since the massive January 12th earthquake in Haiti, and tent cities remain full, even as some businesses and factories are beginning to reopen in Port-au-Prince. Now that massive amounts of aid have arrived, distribution problems have cropped up and are being addressed.

The World Food Program has begun a new system of delivering rice to 10,000 Haitians per day at each of 16 women-only distribution points around the city – restricted to women, since young men often muscle their way to the front…

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 2, 2010 By Dr. Martina Fuchs and Michael Lear

Real Medicine Foundation will open its first clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3!

Patients have already been lining up yesterday when they saw first signs of cleaning, carpentry, stocking medical supplies in a 2-story building in Pernier 19, Port-au-Prince. We’ll have 3 examination rooms on the first floor as well as waiting and triage area, and 3 examination rooms on the second floor – pediatrics, internal medicine, minor surgery, OB/Gyn including deliveries and day beds.

We’ll also have our…

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Haiti: No one sleeps inside anymore

February 01, 2010 - Haiti

by Michael Lear

Michael Lear, RMF Haiti

photo: Bodies were still pulled from this building on January 29, 2010 – 4 alone in the morning of that day. A total of 250 persons died in these buildings, a popular Caribbean market.

“I’d rather smell tires burning than bodies,” our Haitian driver told us as we traveled down Rue Jean Champs De Mars and Jean Jacques Dessaline, where the density of devastation is overwhelming yet still not as bad as Carrefour Feuille. It was evening and every other block had a fire burning.

Interestingly, with the exception…

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Right now, it is still hot and dry here in Port-au-Prince, but everyone is scared for the rainy season to begin. One of our Haitian friends said, ”We Haitians don’t dodge bullets, but we try to dodge the rain.”

Even without an earthquake, the rain put everyone who had a house on and up the many hills in the precarious situation that a mudslide could take the whole house down. Now, with unstable ruins everywhere, it is not safe for anyone to go back into their houses, and many houses that were…

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

January 30, 2010 By Dr. Martina Fuchs and Michael Lear

Refugee camp – St. Peter’s Place, Petionville

On Friday, January 29, we got an overview of at least 10 refugee camps holding hundreds of thousands of refugees, that seemed to be very much out of the way and not in the spotlight yet. We were led by 3 young Haitian men, one of them who lost his house in the earthquake, was living on one hour of sleep per night and was trying to help the victims of the earthquake…

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RMF Brief Situational Update:

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

February 01, 2010 - Haiti

By Dr. Martina Fuchs and Michael Lear

Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 31, 2010

At a meeting today with the US Army and the World Food Programme, we were updated that everyone is very aware of the precarious food and water situation. The extent of the disaster is of a magnitude that no one has ever experienced before.

Today, a 2-week effort was launched by USAID and the UN to feed the nearly 2 million homeless earthquake victims. 10,000 metric tons of rice, beans and oil are coordinated per day targeting at least 1,700 families per day through 16 distribution points. Because there are no warehouses…

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Kevin Connell

RMF Haiti

"I am uploading photos to the picasa site from our first day in jimani, including our mobile health outreach to a "bataye" – village on the outskirts of haiti near the dr border. Some highlights:

We setup a clinic in the church. Treated roughly 200. Dr jon performed an IND – incision and drain with debridement of infected flesh. Patient was put under and came out without a problem 30 min later. Amazing."

RMF Haiti team on the move

Hospital in Bataye

Patient with severe infection…

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Photos from Jimani

January 29, 2010 - Haiti

Thank you to everyone who has donated funds, food, medicine and equipment to Real Medicine.

Everything you have given us has made it to Haiti and to those in need–I know this because I have personally driven supplies to the airport to meet doctors and logistic team members heading out. I have helped pack the suit cases, padding delicate items with cotton balls and screwing the caps on hydrogen peroxide and alcohol bottles extra tight just in case. It is all precious cargo. And it is being used to save lives.

There is…

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Lilly Ghahremani RMF Outreach Coordinator Los Angeles, CA — January 29, 2010 – Real Medicine Foundation CEO and founder Dr. Martina Fuchs today reiterated the need for financial donations to support the establishment of healthcare and other solutions to earthquake-affected Haiti.

Speaking by phone from the region, Fuchs said, “The parks here are full of people.  It’s an overwhelming sea of humanity. I’ve never seen anything like it.”  Fuchs, no stranger to humanitarian crises or scenes of devastation, established the Foundation in 2005 after her experience establishing a children’s clinic in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka.

Real Medicine Foundation…

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High-speed ferry ships to support Haiti relief

Posted On: Jan 28 2010 10:15AM

By Adrian Schulte, Military Sealift Command Public Affairs

NORFLOK, Va. (NNS) — High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration’s custody when the ferry service went bankrupt.

The ships will be under operational control…

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As Aftershocks Continue, Haiti Ponders Rebuilding

By RAY RIVERA

Published: January 28, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — More than two weeks after the earthquake that devastated much of this country’s southern half, the capital remains a city of teetering walls, dangling electrical wires and precariously balanced heaps of jagged cinder block and wrought iron, all rattled daily by aftershocks.

Bulldozers and excavators are few and far between. Even as tent cities here swell, aid groups say an estimated 10 percent of the city’s residents (a number that may…

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Darlene Etienne was found when neighbours heard her weakly calling

Darlene Etienne was pulled, barely alive, from the wreckage of a house near her college in Port-au-Prince, 15 days after the earthquake struck.

Rescuers said the 16-year-old, who was severely dehydrated and covered in dust, possibly survived by drinking bathwater but could not have lasted much longer.

She was found when neighbours heard her calling weakly from the rubble. A French rescue team took an hour to dig her out.

After being given oxygen and water, Darlene was taken to…

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The mission of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors.

Haiti • Earthquake Situation Report #14 27 January 2010

This report was issued by OCHA New York. The next report will be issued on or around 29 January 2010.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

• Hundreds of thousands of people remain in need of food and shelter. • Thousands of stoves are required in order to transition from ready-to-eat meals to the provision…

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NYTimes.com

By DAMIEN CAVE

Published: January 25, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Maxi Extralien, a twig-thin 10-year-old in a SpongeBob pajama top, ate only a single bean from the heavy plate of food he received recently from a Haitian civic group. He had to make it last.

“My mother has 12 kids but a lot of them died,” he said, covering his meal so he could carry it to his family. “There are six of us now and my mom.”

For Maxi and countless others here in Haiti’s…

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I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES • 200,000 family sized tents are requested to support the one million people displaced by the earthquake. Only a fraction of the required tents are in country or in the pipeline, according to IOM. • Tens of millions of ready-to-eat meals are required to meet the needs of 2 million people for 15 days. • Haiti’s Ministry of Health is revising its emergency response strategy and will gradually shift focus from emergency surgical cases to primary health care. Thousands of amputees will require physical therapy. • Some 500 Haitian patients are being treated in nine…

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Michael Lear, Haiti, Jan 25th 2010

Upon returning from Port-au-Prince, Michael became friends with one of the many victims that experienced tragedies beyond measure: “I went to help with the relocated patients placed on the lawn in front of the post-op ward.   It was there that I met Stancia.  Stancia lost everything – her whole family, her husband, her children and her house. She lay alone in the Dominican Republic with crushed legs, not knowing how to start over.  Her first words to me are – “I am dead.  I have lost everything, my family,…

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Michael Lear: I sit here four days after arriving to Jimaní and am not able to explain what I have witnessed here.  Perhaps I’m tired. Perhaps it is the staggering amounts of amputations, stories of being trapped, crushed, losing everything, family, friends or homes – seeing so many orphaned children lying scared and alone in body casts – oblivious to what awaits them back at home in Port-au-Prince – utter destruction, chaos and collapse.

While all of this has left me silent, nothing leaves me speechless more than the contemplation of how these people will recover – so…

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Earth Quake Relief Port-au-Prince Haiti

January 25, 2010 Michael Lear and Dr. Martina Fuchs

Real Medicine deployed to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, January 20, and began performing assessments on the Jimaní border hospitals, the Good Samaritan and the Hospital Melenciano, which have been receiving patients from Haiti since last week.

Both facilities have been overloaded as more patients arrive and the demand for post-operative care increases. Patients with pins sticking out of flesh, with amputations, and many children in body casts line every hallway and ground space.

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Gyenari Korean BBQ & Lounge has offered to host a Happy Hour for Haiti this coming Tuesday, January 26th from 5-8pm. 20% of all tabs will go to Real Medicine Haiti relief.

This is a bit last minute, a bit unexpected, but we hope you can stop by for a quick cocktail and snack for the sake of a country in need. Hope to see you there!

Gyenari 9540 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232-2631 (310) 838-3131 Get directions (public parking is across the street in a lot…

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19 Jan.

Amputations, dead bodies piled up on the streets, a decayed leg found on the ground, the pungent smell of infection and death, crying children in severe pain… To put it simply, today was a very long and hard day!

Despite the overall upbeat spirit of the team, there are times when your idealism is unfortunately overshadowed by the grim reality.  So contrary to my normal perpetual optimism, I will be blunt:  the situation in Haiti is indeed catastrophic… Scratch that, it is apocalyptical!

So pardon me if this journal entry is not consistent with…

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Real Medicine Foundation’s Haitian Earthquake Response Team Departs for Haiti

Los Angeles, CA — January 20, 2010 – Today the Real Medicine Foundation announces that its first response team is departing for Jimaní, the border town between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it will begin providing emergency healthcare services as well as personally deliver collected donations.

Real Medicine Foundation (www.realmedicinefoundation.org) has pre-arranged its approach to working for Haiti in the hopes of avoiding the difficulties most humanitarian groups have encountered, such as being restricted access or lacking space to provide care.  Dr. Martina Fuchs, founder and…

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Real Medicine’s team is headed to Jimaní on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

We have identified two hospitals our doctors and nurses are able to work out of. Jimaní is the border town most overwhelmed by severely injured Haitians seeking medical help. Our contacts on the ground are reporting that severely injured patients are arriving in containers, often 30-40 persons in one container. Many of them requiring amputations.

We are accepting more doctors and nurses, especially trauma/ortho surgeons/nurses and anesthesiologists.

We will continue to report from the ground. Thank you…

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Aid expected to reach Haiti by land via Dominican Republic

By WSJ Staff

Aid began pouring into Haiti Friday not only by plane, but by truck across the border from the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican border town of Jimani bustled as David Gazashvili, CARE’s head of emergency response, and a team of CARE staff crossed in the early morning on their way to Port-au-Prince.

A couple dozen trucks lined up on the side of the road, about a kilometer outside the border on the Dominican side. Pickups were filled with young…

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U.S. Navy to Help Build Temporary Piers, Assess Port Damage By Associated Press

The Navy is going to try to get the wrecked seaport in Haiti’s capital up and running.

A Navy commander says the salvage ship Grasp is en route to Port-au-Prince with divers and underwater construction personnel to assess the damage to piers and other port facilities.

Rear Admiral Victor G. Guillory said Saturday the Navy will help build temporary piers and other facilities. Admiral Guillory is Navy commander for the U.S. Southern Command.

For now, the Navy is…

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USAID Haiti Earthquake Fact Sheet 4

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited Haiti on January 16 to personally convey support to the people of Haiti and meet with Haitian President Rene Preval, other Government of Haiti (GoH) officials, and the U.S. government (USG) field relief team.

As of 1500 hours local time on January 16, U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams—working in concert with other international teams—had rescued 22 individuals from collapsed buildings, according to the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART).

On…

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View BBC Video--Survivors dig with their bare hands, looking for food and drink

From BBC.com

Up to 10,000 US troops will be on the ground or off the coast of Haiti by Monday to help deal with the earthquake aid effort, US defence officials say.

Tuesday’s earthquake has left as many as 50,000-100,000 people dead.

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said more than 15,000 bodies had already been recovered and buried, French news agency AFP reported.

The UN has launched a flash appeal for $562m (£346m),…

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Real Medicine Foundation: Haiti Earthquake Relief: Michael Lear

Real Medicine Foundation is presently assembling a logistic and medical team to deploy as early as Sunday evening to aid in the efforts on the ground in Haiti.

The recent report from the Pan American Health Organization/WHO highlights the main challenges facing the massive humanitarian effort underway.

Please DONATE to help us help Haiti

Emergency Operations Center Situation Report #1 Haiti Earthquake

One day after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, information is still difficult to obtain. The PAHO/WHO…

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Haiti Quake Damages Pile Up

January 13, 2010 - Haiti

Looks like the Presidential Palace and the UN peacekeeping HQ are among the more prominent buildings lost in today’s quake in Haiti. Obviously the least of the issues.

The U.S. embassy survived. As of now, nearly midnight, I have not heard what the U.S. military is doing. USS Carl Vinson is underway and would be a great choice to send.

It’s night in Port-au-Prince. It will not be a quiet one, with aftershocks continuing. I have to wonder about looting, as well. The UN is there to keep the peace for…

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