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Haiti Disaster Relief Information - Updated 1/13/11

Thursday, January 13, 2011  
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January 20, 2010

Hello WOCN members. We have compiled some information about opportunities about contributions and volunteerism in case any of you wish to participate in efforts for assistance to those in need in Haiti after the devastating earthquakes.

ANASituation Report: Haiti Earthquate 1/28/10
The Haitian Ministry of Health (Health Cluster in Haiti, Bulletin #9) is reporting the following:

Reports indicate that almost all people with injuries have received medical attention; however, some still require surgical care.

Current priorities include post-operative care and rehabilitation of disabled people, primary care at internally displaced persons sites and provision of medical services outside of Port-au-Prince.

The Haitian Government, in cooperation with PAHO/WHO and UNICEF, will start vaccinating against measles, tetanus and diphtheria in selected settlement camps next week.

Medical teams have reported in a shift in the types of cases that they are receiving. There are growing caseloads of diarrhea, measles and tetanus. Additionally, there is a decrease in trauma cases and increase in mental health needs.

ANA notes, it is important to remember: *Donations of money are most urgently needed at this point – the Center for International Disaster Information (see email link below) or the Clinton Foundation websites provide information on how to donate to legitimate organizations that are already established in Haiti.

*Do not self-deploy. The infrastructure is extremely fragile, and safety and security may be an issue as well. There is limited/no ability to support responders on the ground, and inexperienced or under-supported volunteers may create additional problems.

ANAUpdate:
ANA continues to recruit nurses who are interested in being considered for possible deployment to Haiti. As always, it is important to remember that patience is the watchword for this disaster. Nurses can access the online form for ANA's database at www.nursingworld.org/haitirelief.

ANA continues to update our page on the Haiti disaster, www.nursingworld.org/haitirelief. Information links are available to:

  • Information on Vaccinations
  • Webinar, What Medical and Public Health Responders Can Expect in Haiti

ANA continues to encourage interested donors to consider donating to the American Nurses Foundation which has established a fund that will benefit restoring the nursing infrastructure in Haiti and the Association Nationale des Infirmieres Licencies d'Haiti. You can donate here

Other News:
The Department of Health and Human Services has established an email for health care professionals interested in volunteering – Haiti.volunteer@hhs.gov. Please include your name, clinical area, specialty skills, degrees, and language capabilities. The notice also states the following: "Please keep in mind that volunteer opportunities in disaster settings are rare, and it may not be possible to accept your offer for assistance at this time."

CDC has just developed specific TB guidance for facilities receiving TB patients from Haiti and also for relief workers. This guidance is now available on the following CDC website: www.cdc.gov/tb/NewsandAnnoucements/earthquakes.htm

ANAhas received a request from the International Medical Corps to assist in recruiting registered nurses who specialize in:

  • Operating Room
  • Post-Anesthesia/Recovery
  • Care of post-operative surgical patients

1. The deployment mission is for a hospital that is understaffed on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. At this point in time, there is not a specified deployment date or length of deployment. Nurses interested in potentially participating in this mission should consider the following:

  • Conditions are likely to be VERY austere. Responders need to be physically fit and able to manage themselves in such an environment.
  • Talk with your family and employer so that you have a plan for when you are deployed.

2. If you are interested in being considered for this mission, please send an email to Cheryl Peterson at Cheryl.peterson@ana.org. Provide the following information in the email:

Name and credentials
Contact information
Area and number of years in clinical practice
State license information
Past disaster response experience

3. ANA will serve as a clearinghouse of interested volunteers and will forward this information on to the International Medical Corps and will also keep your name on file as other deployment opportunities become available.


University of Miami Relief Efforts:

We are sharing information we received from Dr. Robert Kirsner about his and Dr. John Macdonald's involvement in Haiti relief from the University of Miami (UM).

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May 18, 2010

Dr. Robert S. Kirsner, M.D. PhD Reports:

Dear all,

I wanted to update you on the 'goings' on in Haiti. The UM 'Hospital' remains fully functional with Project Medishare taking the leadership role in administration and University of Miami continue to support movement of supplies and personal.

Wound Care remains exceptional, thanks to the wealth of supplies and the high quality of the volunteers. Hundreds of health care professionals have contacted me, with well over 100 having been deployed and several have already had more than 1 tour of duty in Haiti. Deployment dates are now once weekly leaving on Saturdays and we continue welcome all volunteers. Our UM Wound Effort continues as an international effort; trans-disciplinary and trans-organizational and is paying great dividends for people of Haiti. Volunteers experiences have been described as 'life-altering' and the volunteers are sharing the experience/advice/photos through a number of websites including Facebook and Google groups among others.

Our long term goal to train Haitian physicians, nurses and therapists to carry on the wound care efforts is becoming a reality. The first training session is scheduled for July 7-8-9 in Haiti. Over 30 Haitian clinicians are already registered to attend! This is program is under the direction of the World Alliance for Wound & Lymphedema Care (WAWLC) (www.wawlc.org)

Additionally, we are planning a University of Miami spearheaded meeting in Miami, the first weekend in December 2010 focusing on Wound Care and Disaster Relief. The details will emerge over the coming months. We welcome your involvement and support for both of these initiatives. Please contact me if more information is desired.

For those in your organizations who haven't signed up yet -please get the word out.

They would need to send the information below to me (to set up deployment schedules) and also to register on the main website (homeland security requirement).

Please provide me with their:
Name
Address
All contact information including phone and email
specialty/training
date of birth
passport number
languages spoken
Organization

They MUST also register via the central data base as well. This is a homeland security requirement.. Please go to the following link: https://secure.med.miami.edu/Volunteer_for_Haiti/

Keep those supplies coming as well!

Those supplies should be sent to the address below. It is helpful if we can receive a list of supplies delivered with manufacturer, catalog number, description, unit and quantity. Please note on the box that they are "Wound Care Supplies”.

The address for the warehouse is:
UM Health Systems Warehouse
1636 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33136

Warehouse Contact:
Don Siler- 305-243-2146

Thanks to all of you!!!
Rob

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., PhD
Vice Chairman & Stiefel Laboratories Professor
Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
Chief of Dermatology University of Miami Hospital
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1600 N.W. 10th Avenue, RMSB, Room 2023-A
Miami, Florida 33136
305 243 4472 (office)
305 243 6704 (appts)
305 243 6191 (fax)

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March 15, 2010

The UM 'Hospital' remains fully functional with approximately 240 beds and 4 ORs, an ER and an ICU. While the logistics remain essentially unchanged from the perspective of supplies and volunteers, Project Medishare has taken the leadership role in administration and University of Miami will continue, but in a supportive role. Our long term goal is to train Haitian physicians, nurses and therapists to carry on the wound care efforts. In the interim we continue to need all of your help and are thankful for your Herculean efforts to date.

Wound Care remains exceptional, thanks to the wealth of supplies and the high quality of the volunteers. Nearly 200 health care professionals have contacted me and several have already had more than 1 tour of duty in Haiti. However we have just announced new deployment dates to our wound care volunteer work force (see below) and we welcome all volunteers. Our UM Wound Effort continues as an international effort; trans-disciplinary and trans-organizational and is paying great dividends for people of Haiti. Volunteers experiences have been described as 'life-altering' and the volunteers are sharing the experience/advice/photos through a number of websites including Facebook and Google groups among others. For those in your organizations who haven't signed up yet -please get the word out. They would need to send the information below to Dr. Kirsner me (to set up deployment schedules) and also to register on the main website (homeland security requirement).

Please provide Dr. Rob Kirsner with the following Info:
Name
Address
All contact information including phone and email
specialty/training
date of birth
passport number
languages spoken
Organization
They MUST also register via the central data base as well. This is a homeland security requirement. Please go to the following link: secure.med.miami.edu/Volunteer_for_Haiti/.

Deployment dates currently for scheduling are for 7 day tours. If you have not already, please let me know as soon as possible which date (s) you would be able to deploy. 7 workday rotation (+ 1 day for travel = 8 total days of commitment): 3/29; 4/3; 4/5; 4/10; 4/12; 4/17; 4/19; 4/24; 4/26. Flight times are still being determined. As we contact volunteers regarding deployment, we will immediately inform them of the ETD south bound PAP and ETD north bound MIA.

You MUST also register via the central data base as well. This is a homeland security requirement. If you haven't please go to the following link: secure.med.miami.edu/Volunteer_for_Haiti/.

PLEASE NOTE:
All perspective volunteers should review the CDC Announcement Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/news-announcements/relief-workers-haiti.aspx.

Keep those supplies coming as well. Those supplies should be sent to the address below. It is helpful if we can receive a list of supplies delivered with manufacturer, catalog number, description, unit and quantity. Please note on the box that they are Wound Care Supplies.

The address for the warehouse is:
UM Health Systems Warehouse
1636 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33136
Warehouse Contact:
Don Siler – 305-243-2146

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January 13, 2011

Dr. Robert S. Kirsner, M.D. PhD Reports:

Dear All,

Today marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti. Within a few seconds, thousands of lives were lost and millions were affected. It was the worst of times for the people of Haiti but in the worst times, often the best is brought out in people. This was the case for the wound care community. We collectively have much to proud of and each one of you and the organizations you represent rose to the occasion. Due to your efforts lives and limbs were saved. The 'acute' battle lasted over 6 months but we were victorious. The Wound Care provided was exceptional, thanks to the wealth of supplies and the high quality of the volunteers. The efforts at the tent hospital, the UM 'Hospital' was a shining star of the relief efforts.

Hundreds of health care professionals were deployed and many taking more than 1 tour of duty and spending considerable time in Haiti. Some still remain. Millions of dollars of supplies were sent. It was a monumental and heroic effort by the wound care community. Our mission in Haiti was defined, time limited and successful and we should reflect upon the successes.

Health and wound care in Haiti still remains in peril, and prolonged efforts are in the planning stages for longer term solutions. I know each of you and the organizations you represent, feel a special connection to Hait and its people. So today rejoice upon our collective accomplishments, and remember the people of Haiti, in all of your prayers.

Thanks to all of you!!!

Sincerely,
Rob

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., PhD

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