June 2010 - We are Rebuilding
An emergency response team (nurses, doctors, rehabilitation specialists and support personnel) led by Board director and founding member of Healing Hands for Haiti International, Lisa Bagley, RN (above), recently returned from a one month tour of duty at our outdoor headquarters clinic in Port au Prince. The team erected the 20 x 50’ army tent for clinic work and treated about 1400 patients in 3-weeks. Their work included wound care management, counselling, physical therapy, referring and transporting several acute patients to the CDTI and Medishare field hospitals, as well as assessment visits to orphanages.
Staff and medical volunteers will continue to expand facilities and services of the outdoor clinic while demolition of damaged structures and site clean-up proceed.
Electricity, water and internet service have been restored to our volunteer guesthouse, the only building left standing after the January 12 earthquake. It has been declared safe and sound by engineers and now accommodates specialized medical teams rotating into service on a weekly basis for many months to come.
Healing Hands for Haiti is collaborating with Project Medishare to provide physical medicine and rehabilitation services and with Handicap International to set up prosthetic fabrication to assist the estimated 1500 new amputees and other Haitians disabled in the earthquake.
We are proceeding with plans to invest a generous grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation to build semi-permanent, moveable prosthetic fabrication, fitting and clinic facilities on our property, and with our intentions to build Haiti’s first comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute.
Your generous donations, offers to volunteer and to give materials for the herculean rebuilding task, mirror the response of the global community - absolutely overwhelming. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are not able to collect and distribute prostheses, rehabilitation equipment and other medical materials. Please go to Physicians For Peace for assistance. On behalf of all Haitians and our courageous staff and volunteers, we sincerely thank you for your continued support.