Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Helping Haiti and the International Medical Corps

Last night I watched again a video of the earth shaking buildings down in Haiti. It seemed willful, as if behind it all were a deliberate hand: fall, fall, fall.

Then, this morning, I saw footage of a Haitian mother in labour - too weak to push her baby out into this unwelcoming world.

And today, at lunch-time, news of a powerful aftershock, and thought how much it must have shook again and terrified.

I suppose like everyone else I have watched wishing I could do something to help.

And now, an email from Ellie Brown from the International Medical Corps. This is a 'global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization, founded by volunteer doctors and nurses'. Their team is treating crush injuries, trauma, substantial wound care, shock and other critical cases with the few available supplies.'There are still thousands of patients seeking treatment of which approximately 80% are in need of surgery and are running out of time...
'Haiti still needs help,' she says, and she wants to know if I can publicise what they do.

'There are still thousands of patients seeking treatment of which approximately 80% are in need of surgery and are running out of time...

...donating $10 to help the people of Haiti is as simple as sending a text message of the word "haiti" to 85944'"


Link

2 Comments:

Anonymous marly said...

www.ssmbos.com/Pages/Haiti.html

This was my pick--the Sisters have lost convent, hospital, school for handicapped children, etc. And now they have many more handicapped...

There are a lot of good charities--one just wants to aim toward something that works.

Fri Jan 22, 12:10:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Very true. I was saddened to hear of a report in the Lancet on the radio this morning that apparently there is a danger that some organisations helping the Haitians are spending too much effort on self-promotion. It didn't say which ones though, unfortunately.

Fri Jan 22, 09:04:00 am  

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