Proud Partner of the Red Cross
After the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, the American Red Cross partnered with Project Medishare and continued their support for over two years by contributing over $8 million towards the operations of Hospital Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare Critical Care Trauma and Rehabilitation Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As previously reported by Project Medishare, “Without the American Red Cross support, there was no other hospital in Haiti to treat critically ill and injured patients. In addition to funding the staff, the American Red Cross grant covered supplies like medications and equipment that were necessary to operate this unique facility. Special programs and facilities including pediatric and newborn Intensive Care Units were non-existent prior to the earthquake and prior to the invaluable support from the American Red Cross.”
Over the course of two years, the program helped to save thousands of lives and treated over 130,000 patients at a time when very few State health institutions were fully functioning. The success of the program in the years following the earthquake is a testament to the hardworking Haitian and American staff that came together build a sustainable institution that is still the premier innovator for trauma and critical care in the country, responsible for the lifesaving care of 60,000 patients annually.
Today, an all-Haitian team provides 24/7 staffing to Hospital Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare, and continues to train hundreds of Haitian physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in trauma and critical care. The initial $8 million investment by the American Red Cross has left a lasting impact on the healthcare infrastructure of Haiti and is evolving into creation of a National Critical Care and Trauma Hospital and System for emergency medical services and disaster response as we continue to expand our programs.Barth A. Green, MD, FACS President and Co-Founder Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc.