Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency staff has been actively responding since a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti two months ago. Teams have already provided 1,200 rehabilitation sessions to injured people and delivered more than 150 tons of humanitarian supplies.
Humanity & Inclusion is working with a Haitian partner organization, FONTEN, to provide support to two hospitals and a rehabilitation center in Les Cayes. Prior to the arrival of Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency team, the hospitals did not have the resources to offer rehabilitation services, and the rehabilitation center was understaffed and unable to meet the rise in demand.
“The number of earthquake-related patients has risen, and our staff was also affected by the earthquake, so a lot of them were unable to come to work,” says Conseulo Alzamora, founder of the FONTEN rehabilitation center. “Having the support of Humanity & Inclusion has been very important for us and for the community. It has allowed us to work and to do much more than we could have done on our own.”
Together with FONTEN and seven Haitian physical therapists supported and trained by Humanity & Inclusion, the emergency response team has provided 1,200 rehabilitation sessions to people injured in the earthquake.
Humanity & Inclusion's response
- Conducted 1,200 rehabilitation sessions to people injured in the quake
- Provided mobility and assistive devices to hospitals and injured patients
- Offering logistics support to deliver more than 420 tons of humanitarian goods such as food, water, medical supplies, mobility aids and fuel to benefit the most affected; more than 150 tons have already been delivered
- Begun clearing rubble and debris to open access to two affected regions: the Anglais and Charbonnieres
- Recruited and trained seven physical therapists and provided capacity support to three medical centers in Les Cayes
- Coordinating with local and international organizations to ensure a holistic and inclusive response to the disaster
In addition to ongoing rehabilitation and logistics support, teams are preparing to distribute 1,500 hygiene kits and provide psychosocial support to affected communities and medical staff.