Project Medishare Commemorates January 12, 2010
Yesterday was a solemn day mixed with sadness and hope as Project Medishare commemorated the tragic earthquake of January 12, 2010. As the first medical response team on the ground, we created a 300 bed critical care and trauma tent hospital, which successfully treated over 30,000 critically injured and ill earthquake victims over the following five months. An airlift of over 5,000 physicians, nurses and allied health professionals and thousands of tons of medical supplies and equipment supported this historically unprecedented medical relief effort. As a direct result of this, the first trauma and critical care hospital in Haiti rose out of the dust, as Project Medishare left the airport site and relocated to community Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince.
Over the last four years we have treated hundreds of thousands of critically injured and ill Haitian men, women and children in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, government and private sector. This unique public/private partnership is staffed and managed by hundreds of well-trained Haitian healthcare professionals who are supported by a smaller number of volunteer mentors from North America and around the world. Education and training are a priority with capacity building of Haiti’s future healthcare sector being a long-term commitment of Project Medishare’s team on the ground. Our two unique training and education centers, Kay Pasha in the rural Central Plateau and the Boule Center in urban Port-au-Prince, provide classrooms and unique on-the-job education and training opportunities for Haitian physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
Project Medishare celebrates its 20th year of commitment to support the Haitian Ministry of Health’s national strategic healthcare plan. We continue to strive toward passing the baton as quickly and effectively as possible. We are looking ahead to 2014 with the possibility of constructing a new world-class Critical Care and Trauma Level I Center (Haitian Level III) unique to the Caribbean. This campus in Port-au-Prince will connect with a network of Level II Trauma and Critical Care Centers dispersed throughout Haiti’s ten departments and will be supported by a new air rescue and transport emergency medical service system.
The hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the minutes, days and weeks following the earthquake will never be forgotten, as we move forward to create sustainable infrastructure and capacity building programs and state-of-the-art facilities committed to improving the health and welfare of our Haitian neighbors!
With our warmest regards for a healthy, productive and peaceful 2014,
Your Project Medishare Team
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Take a look at this video showcasing some of the work being done at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare.