Haiti Earthquake Relief
On January 12, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The massive
devastation to the island nation has left Haitians in a deepened state of turmoil. This page was developed to keep
media, medical professionals, and interested individuals informed of immediate and future relief services to Haiti by Medical
Missionaries. St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti, is located approximately 80 miles from Port-au-Prince.
Shockwaves were felt at the clinic but no structural damage was reported by our clinic staff.
Medical Missionaries responded quickly and provided earthquake relief:
medical and surgical teams were sent to the region to offer assistance. Each of the approximately 60 doctors, nurses,
and EMT specialists carried 100 lbs. of medical supplies and equipment, resources that were in short supply following the
earthquake. Most of the doctors and nurses were deployed to hospitals in and around the epicenter of the earthquake
in Port au Prince. They served in severe conditions and cared for patients with primary and secondary illnesses related
to the earthquake.
- More than 600 boxes of medicine was provided to medical teams from partner
organizations that responded to the earthquake, giving them the tools they needed to address the immediate needs.
You can see the work of one of the medical teams that served in Port au Prince in our Photo Gallery or by clicking here
Monetary resources are greatly needed to effectively and promptly respond
to this natural disaster. Please click on the credit card below to donate to Medical Missionaries so we can help truly,
the POOREST of the POOR!
We are listed on GuideStar as a reputable and trustworthy organization to donate money for Haiti Relief Efforts.
Tax Deduction for Haiti Relief Bill Signed Into Law January 25, 2010. Charitable contributions made after January 11th
and before March 1, 2010 to victims of the earthquake in Haiti are eligible to claim these charitable contributions on
their 2009 tax return instead versus waiting to claim these deductions on 2010 tax return. Click here for a reference from the US Government.
||Please donate to the emergency EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND.
Medical Missionaries, Inc. interviewed
by news organizations:
- ABC WJLA7 in Washington, D.C.: Debra Parrish, RN, Joan
Betz, RN, and Dr. Gilbert Irwin interviewed by ABC news on January 29, 2010 on the eve of a planned 5-day surgical team trip
to Haiti. Click here to view the video.
WUSA9 in Washington, D.C.: Dr. Gilbert Irwin, President of Medical Missionaries was interviewed
by CBS news on January 13, 2010 discussing planned relief efforts. Click here to view the video.
- My FOXDC : Dr.
Gilbert Irwin and Dr. David Synder interviewed by FOX news on January 19, 2010. Click here to view the video.
- Arlington Catholic Herald: Interviews Dr. Peter Dirr and Dr. Gilbert Irwin. Click here to read the news article.
- Denver Post:
Interviews Dr. Gilbert Irwin and Dr. Ronald Hugate, Denver Orthopedic Surgeon, currently volunteering with Medical Missionaries
in earthquake relief efforts. Click here to read the news article.
Early Relief Efforts:
- See our Earthquake Relief Teams in Action and the work they're doing to help the people of Haiti in their greatest time of need.
- Surgical team arrived in Haiti January 30, 2010 for a 5-day deployment. Many orthopedic surgeries have
- Our third medical team will arrive February
15-25, 2010, followed by our fourth team arriving Feb. 25-March 8th.
- Our first medical and surgical team left for Haiti on January 21, 2010. The 17 medical
personnel and construction team arrived in Santo Domingo, DR and then drove 5 hours into Hinche, Haiti. The
team led by Dr. David Synder will be working in both Hinche and villages surrounding Port-au-Prince;
- Medical Missionaries is currently working with the Haitian Ministry of Health Director
to deploy our volunteers into areas of greatest need. In addition, the local Haitian Health Minister in Thomassique
is working with our support personnel to prepare a helicopter landing site on the grounds of the clinic to assist in air transport
of patients to the clinic, in anticipation of our surgical team arriving January 30, 2010.
- Medical Missionaries will also be working at an orphanage outside of Port-au-Prince in conjunction with the Mennonite
Church to treat the many medical needs of the children;
January 16, 2010, Medical Missionaries volunteers packed suitcases of supplies for our medical and surgical teams leaving
on Jan. 21, 2010. We are working to get containers of medicine, medical supplies, food and clothing shipped to Haiti;
- We have begun to receive donations to support these efforts, but a great deal more
- The price of diesel fuel has increased greatly
as expected. Medical Missionaries has secured extra fuel for our two large military trucks with the assistance of the
Dominican Republic military to transport medical personnel and supplies into the surrounding towns outside Port-au-Prince;
- Medical Missionaries Chapters and local schools and churches continue to
collect soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and hand sanitizers for Haiti.
A Special "Thank You" to the many
Volunteers who Answered the Call to Help on January 16, 2010!
Thank you to our many volunteers who came to the Medical Missionaries' warehouse at Linton Hall
School! We had 30 volunteers come early Saturday morning, and worked for several hours to pack suitcases with medicine
and medical supplies (bandages, catheter tubes, etc.) that will be taken to Haiti by about 60 volunteer doctors and nurses
in three teams starting with the team deployed on January 21, 2010. Your gift of time enabled us to quickly
send much needed supplies to Haiti! Medical Missionaries thanks you for your generousity! As relief efforts continue,
Medical Missionaries will keep our community informed of additional volunteer opportunities!