A group of Black men and a white woman unload a blue wheelchair from a boat onto the dock in Haiti

Delivering mobility aids to earthquake-affected region by boat

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.

Deliver emergency aid to Haiti

The delivery included more than 120 pairs of crutches, 35 walkers, nearly 20 wheelchairs, a dozen canes and several neck braces, shipped by Humanity & Inclusion in southern Haiti. The items were provided by the Haitian Institute for Rehabilitation with the Ministry for Public Health and Population and were delivered to the only rehabilitation center in Les Cayes. Along with Humanity & Inclusion, the center has partnered with local hospitals, where the supplies will be distributed as needed to individuals injured by the earthquake. 

Given the ongoing accessibility difficulties in the region due to roadblocks caused by landslides, rubble, and violence, Humanity & Inclusion’s maritime transit project provides a necessary alternative for humanitarian actors to deliver essential goods to the affected area. It also serves as an eco-friendlier way to transport large shipments.

Image: HI staff unload a shipment of mobility aids at a port in Haiti. Copyright: Rawley Crews/HI

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