(PORTLAND, Ore., Apr. 21, 2010)—Tigard-based Medical Teams International proves that they have not forgotten about the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. This week alone, a shipment of medicines and supplies valued at $386,000 will arrive, along with their 16th team of medical professionals.
The medical shipment will arrive in Haiti on Wed., Apr. 21. The shipment includes Interagency Diarrheal Disease Kits (IDD Kits). The full kit will provide treatment for 100 severe cases of cholera, and 100 adults and 100 children affected by Shigella dysentery. The medicines consist of IV fluids, antibiotics and oral rehydration salts. The kit valued at $386,000, brings the total amount of humanitarian aid shipped to Haiti by Medical Teams International to nearly $5 million.
The 16th disaster relief team will leave Sat., Apr. 24, for Haiti and stay until May 16. They will be working in partnership with Medical Teams International’s field office, where they have hired 13 full-time Haitian staffers to work with the teams that will continue to arrive monthly.
During the upcoming months, Medical Teams International will provide care in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Les Cayes. Some of the projects they will undertake include:
Mobilizing medical units and volunteers to provide direct medical services to displaced Haitians;
Coordinating medical support for the hospitals and clinics in the earthquake zones;
Establishing and translating a curriculum supported by the Haiti Ministry of Health that will help address the psychosocial needs of the population; provide training to pastors, teachers and health care professionals on how to assist people suffering from emotional trauma.
Providing post-surgical care of prosthetics and orthopedics for affected Haitians; and
Conducting primary health care services in two fixed sites. These services include: family planning, AIDS/TB testing and referral, prevention education and immunization.