As Port-au-Prince remains in a state of emergency, not much is sure about Haiti’s current or future circumstance. What is certain is the death toll. Over 150,000 people inside Haiti were killed and another 600,000 Haitians are displaced. Abandoned without food, water, or shelter, many Haitians are left with no resources to provide their families with. More civilians are being left out on the streets each day with need for medical care. As the injuries and deaths increase, pressures on the non-existent infrastructure are escalating. The establishment of small rural clinics near the capitol and other remote areas is taking place, but it is not sufficient enough.
Lauren Derby, a UCLA history professor, visited Haiti and reported the pleas she received from one Haitian to “get him out of one of the clinics so he could receive the surgery he needed.”
The problem that persists is the fact that these clinics and hospitals are so ill-equipped that they do not have the morphine or trauma specialists needed to undergo the 60 daily amputations that are being performed.
The situation is beginning to spread. In the Dominican Republic, many smaller clinics are being established. After the earthquake, many vehicles were sent to Haiti from the Dominican Republic to transport them to different facilities. While tensions over the years have heightened between the two countries that share the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic has increasingly taken an active role over the weeks to opening their doors to their tragedy-stricken neighbors.
Because of high population density in many refugee camps, the spread of diseases is imminent. World Health Organization, Paul Garwood, explains the growing number of diarrhoea cases, as well as measles and tetanus cases. Poor sanitation is affecting every aspect of rebuilding. Many doctors and nurses are working out of damaged hospitals with less than adequate supplies. Moreover, this urgency is competing with a need of transporting food and water into the area.
While a tumultuous wave has swept the lower class leaving them in devastation, the middle-class is struck just as hard. Normally, concrete buildings are built and prepared with sand. In Haiti’s case, most of their concrete buildings were prepared with dirt. For this reason, many of the buildings the middle class reside in simply “buckled.” Giving these people the tools to rebuild their lives seems nearly impossible as of now, especially when such a large population is affected.
Right now our priority is to send as much clean water and supplies to alleviate their pain. If you are able to help in any way please contact us immediately.