| Oct 12, 2016
“Huge devastation” is how Dr. Joanne St. Louis described some of the regions in Haiti hit by Hurricane Matthew. She's Medical Teams International’s Haiti country director and on the ground responding to the disaster. Her team has been sharing updates from the field -- here's one about a young woman named Didine.
When Hurricane Matthew hit Didine’s home, there was little she could do. Pregnant and home with her family, more than just her own life was at risk. At 4am, Hurricane Matthew literally blew the roof off of her home. As the walls of her home were stripped away by the vicious wind, she hid under her bed, trying desperately to keep herself and her unborn child safe until the worst of the storm had passed.
Thankfully, they survived the storm. But the hurricane destroyed her home, her belongings, and left her injured. Pregnant and her home destroyed, she’s worried. With no health center in her hometown, she has no place to turn to receive care for her and her unborn child.
Amidst all of this chaos thankfully our teams were able to provide basic health services and are working hard to bring health and relief to victims like Didine who have nowhere else to turn after the hurricane.
Pregnant and her home destroyed, she’s worried... she has no place to turn to receive care for her and her unborn child.
Hurricane Matthew is the worst storm to hit Haiti in 50 years. With the estimated death toll estimated at 1,000 and raising, 15,000 displaced people, 3-5 million people affected, 1,855 flooded houses, and at least 2,000 children separated from their parents, Haiti is hurting.
Didine and her community will need ongoing care that the local health infrastructure is incapable of meeting. Our teams have been working hard to improve healthcare in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, fighting cholera, addressing maternal & child health issues and supporting local partners, but the country has never fully recovered. With more people in need and infrastructure and health systems destroyed, many like Didine need your help.
Shelter, food, and water are the biggest needs and cholera is a major worry . At least 13 people have died from the disease since the hurricane, as sewage and floodwaters mix, according to media reports. Disease continues to spread, people are constantly being found with injuries, clinics have been destroyed and functional hospitals are low on supplies. Get the latest updates & FAQ’s here >>