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Haiti Earthquake: Latest Updates

Members of Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency team head north from Les Cayes to assess needs in Grand’Anse following the earthquake.

Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency area manager, a logistics specialist and an expert in debris clearance are visiting Jeremie, Corail and Pestel to assess the situation and determine the next steps of their response. The earthquake dramatically affected these areas, leaving many injured and without shelter, food or clean water. 

August 31

In the aftermath of the recent Haitian earthquake, Humanity & Inclusion delivers humanitarian aid by sea to support people affected by the disaster.

On Monday morning, Humanity & Inclusion received a maritime shipment of mobility aids in Les Cayes, where its emergency team has been responding since the recent earthquake caused more than 2,200 deaths and over 12,000 injuries throughout southwest Haiti.

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August 30

On a recent visit to a hospital in Les Cayes, Humanity & Inclusion’s staff met Oscar, who remains positive despite his home being destroyed and his leg broken in the earthquake.

On August 14, Oscar was just outside his home, walking down the narrow alley between two buildings, when he felt the ground begin to move.

“The walls swayed back and forth and I started to run,” he says. “I knew immediately that it was an earthquake, and that they could collapse at any moment." Before he could escape, the bricks began crashing onto him, cutting his arms and shattering his leg. Despite his broken leg, Oscar continued to run to avoid being buried by the rubble. 

August 26

The Humanity & Inclusion emergency response team has begun the training process for physical therapists who will be reinforcing local hospitals and a rehabilitation center in Les Cayes, Haiti.

Our experts are working with seven physical therapists and one physical therapy assistant who have already received all of the appropriate training to respond to routine rehabilitation needs. Most of the specialists have participated in past trainings conducted by Humanity & Inclusion.

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August 26

After the 2010 earthquake introduced her to the field, Humanity & Inclusion rehabilitation graduate Guetchly-Nise now finds herself treating those affected by the most recent disaster.

This week, Humanity & Inclusion teams in Haiti are training physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists in emergency rehabilitation to reinforce overwhelmed medical centers in Les Cayes. On Wednesday, one of the new recruits, Guetchly-Nise, started her first day responding to those who were injured in the earthquake. 

August 25

Just days after an earthquake hit Haiti, Humanity & Inclusion is providing assistance in hospitals in the country’s worst-affected region. A team of physical therapists trained to care for people with earthquake-related injuries will begin work this week.

August 23

After arriving in Les Cayes, one of the regions worst hit by the earthquake in southwest Haiti, Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency rehabilitation manager, Virginie Duclos, has made a preliminary assessment of rehabilitation needs. She tells us more about the current situation:

Q: What is the situation like in Les Cayes?

Needs are immense. Hospitals and doctors are finding it hard to cope. More than 100 new patients arrive in Les Cayes every day, one week after the earthquake. Some of them are from remote rural areas and they’ve taken a long time to get to hospital. Some people can’t afford the journey or they’re anxious about staying in hospital, and this causes a delay, which means many patients arrive with infections and additional complications requiring amputations that could have been avoided. They’re in a terrible state.

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August 23

The earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 has caused more than 12,000 injuries and counting, creating a surge of people in need of urgent wound care and rehabilitation services. Humanity & Inclusion is partnering with Fondation Tous Ensemble (FONTEN), a local organization that operates the only rehabilitation center in the Cayes, Haiti.

August 21

Humanity & Inclusion sent four members of its global, emergency response pool to Haiti, landing in Port Au Prince on August 19. They joined the program staff, present in Haiti since 2008, who have been hard at work preparing HI’s response since the quake hit. The team includes an emergency area manager, a rehabilitation / mental health and psychosocial support specialist, a logistics technician, and a communications officer.

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August 20

Marjorie is a rehabilitation specialist for Humanity & Inclusion. She took time on August 19, to share what conditions are like in Grand Sud, Haiti.

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