Healing in Haiti

December 1, 2016

 

As  Hurricane  Matthew  devastated  Haiti,  MedShare  got  to  work.  In the first month of response, MedShare equipped over a dozen medical  mission  teams  with  hundreds  of  pounds  of  supplies  for  their  trips.  In  partnership  with  AirLink,  MedShare  also  airlifted  a  shipping  container  to  Port-au-Prince  carrying  6,840  pounds  of  medical supplies. But that was only the initial response. Since then MedShare  has  sent  a  total  of  four  shipments  containing  nearly  30,000  pounds  of  life-saving  supplies  to  Haitian  healthcare  organizations  to  help  them  heal  following  the  hurricane.  Two  dozen  medical  mission  teams  have  collected  more  then  1,600  pounds  of  supplies  from  MedShare  before  making  their  way  to  the  most  remote  areas  of  Haiti  where  people  have  been  entirely  cut  off  from  aid.  Gaelle  Castor,  one  of  MedShare’s  medical  mission  team  leaders,  shared  her  story  as  she  treated  
patients   in   the   devastated   areas   surrounding   Les   Cayes.   

After   watching   her   country   being   devastated   by   Hurricane   Matthew,  Gaelle  organized  several  Medical  Mission  Teams  to  go  to  Haiti.  She  collected  supplies  at  MedShare  and  made  her  way  to  the  Tiburon  Peninsula,  which  was  severely  damaged  by  the  storm. Many of the towns her team traveled to were completely cut  off  from  the  rest  of  the  island,  meaning  that  they  had  been  waiting for medical assistance for over a week. While distributing first aid and hygiene supplies near Les Cayes, she met Leon. Leon and his family lost their home, their livestock, and their livelihoods to the storm. But that loss didn’t stop him. Leon spent all of his energy  helping  his  community  recover.  He  had  no  supplies  and  no  resources,  nothing  but  the  desire  to  help  and  the  generosity  of someone who knows what it is to have nothing. When Gaelle and her team arrived, Leon was overjoyed to finally have help. He served  as  their  guide  and  helped  them  navigate  the  dangerous  area.  He  was  so  eager  to  help  them  distribute  first  aid  kits  and  hygiene supplies that he forgot to take some for himself. Gaelle was touched by the compassion and resilience of the people she was treating. She said, “I have seen my people deprived of everything they  need  but  yet  smiling  for  so  little  that  we  gave  them.”

The  people  of  Haiti  have  a  hard  road  ahead  of  them.  Their  recovery  will  be  long  and  arduous,  but  MedShare  will  be  there  to give supplies and support. With the guidance of our partners on  the  ground,  MedShare  will  continue  our  relief  efforts  long  after  other  organizations  leave.  We  know  that  disaster  relief  does not just occur in the weeks following a tragedy, it happens in  the  months  and  years  to  come.  We  are  committed  to  lasting  health  and  wellbeing  in  Haiti,  and  that  health  starts  with  us. 

 

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