Navigation Links
HAITI QUAKE: World Vision Situation Update
Date:1/16/2010

- More relief goods, staff arrive, but challenges remain

- Children separated from parents a key concern

- Agency reports "race against clock" to save lives in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Vision relief workers, in a race against time to save lives in Haiti, got a boost as relief goods began arriving in Haiti's quake-ravaged capital city yesterday.  Meanwhile, World Vision staff concern for Haiti's children continues to grow as they find more and more children separated from their parents.

Broken infrastructure a key challenge

Difficulties with broken infrastructure, limited airport capacity and concerns about potential security threats in Haiti slowed the delivery of humanitarian supplies to hard-hit areas in the first days after the quake. Even ambulances are in short supply, reported World Vision staff.  

"The basics are the hardest," said Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada. "There was a mile-long line for gasoline. It's a logistical maze out here."

The security situation could change rapidly if shortages of food, water and other basic supplies reach a critical level, the agency warned.  

With thousands in Port-au-Prince left homeless by destroyed or badly damaged houses, many are sleeping in the streets or at spontaneous settlements in public parks and other spaces.  World Vision staff have seen people living in very unsanitary and hazardous conditions.

Supplies running low; resupply begins

World Vision, which has worked in Haiti more than 30 years, today reached an additional 1,000 families with relief items already stored in the country, but many urgent items such as clean water, medical supplies and emergency shelter resources were running low.

Toycen reported via Twitter: "Distributions are in full force - trying to reach as many people as possible. Still a steep curve to reach all those affected."

World Vision's supply chain is ramping up to bring in badly needed supplies. The first of a series of flights bringing emergency supplies for World Vision relief efforts in Haiti touched down in Port-au-Prince on Friday evening.

A Hercules C130 brought items such as hygiene kits, blankets, water containers, and shelter materials from World Vision's warehouse in Denver.  The aid group is planning more flights this weekend from Panama City, Toronto, and an additional flight from Denver, bringing more supplies, including medicines, tents, and shovels to remove debris.

World Vision staff are finding alternatives to the congested Port-au-Prince airport, including bringing supplies overland from airports and ports in the Dominican Republic, where the agency has a sizable presence.  

Provide first aid

World Vision teams have distributed first-aid supplies to more than ten hospitals in the Port-au-Prince area.  "Some volunteer teachers have been performing first aid for the past day or two to those who have been injured," reported Toycen.  However, he fears many will die of their injuries if not tended to soon.  "We are racing against the clock."  

Many of the injured have started to develop gangrene because they did not receive timely and adequate medical care.  Family members of patients are taking measures into their own hands since the hospital system is completely overwhelmed and suffering serious structural damages; one World Vision volunteer saw an amputation performed in the hallways of the general hospital using unhygienic tools. World Vision volunteers also have seen a severed foot become an amputated leg because the wounds were not sterilized.

Amputation tools and supplies to sterilize wounds are in short supply; World Vision anticipates a need for significant amounts of crutches and braces for earthquake amputees.

Children alone and at risk

World Vision has started to identify children who have become separated from their parents. The organization has expressed concern about the number of children who are leaving Port-au-Prince and walking into towns outside the city to find help. World Vision's Dominican Republic staff in the border town of Jimani are helping provide food, water, and medical care to hundreds of unaccompanied children who fled Port-au-Prince for the border, either alone or who became separated from parents along the way.

There were a significant number of children in orphanages prior to the disaster, and World Vision staff acknowledge that the earthquake certainly has created more orphans.  Because the quake struck during school hours, there are hundreds of children who simply have not found their parents.

Donations to World Vision's Haiti Quake Response can be made by calling 888-56-CHILD, at www.worldvision.org, or by texting the word "GIVE" to 20222.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tacking the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press

SOURCE World Vision U.S.

RELATED LINKS
http://www.worldvision.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE World Vision U.S.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Haiti Relief Site Now in Portuguese
2. President Obama Tasks Former Presidents Bush and Clinton with Fundraising for Haiti Recovery
3. USAIDs Global Health Bureau Responds to Haitis Medical Crisis
4. Red Cross Aid Reaches Haitian Earthquake Survivors
5. NFL Donates More Than $2 Million for Red Cross Disaster Response in Haiti
6. Scripps Health Preparing for Deployment of Medical Response Team to Haiti
7. CBS News Helps Red Cross Transport Blood into Haiti
8. Kaiser Permanente Donates $500,000 for Relief Efforts Following Earthquake in Haiti
9. Heritage Provider Network, Dr. Richard Merkin, Comes to the Aid of Haitian Earthquake Victims
10. Nearly 7,500 RNs Ready to Deploy to Haiti
11. HCA Pledges $1 Million in Cash and Supplies to Haiti Relief Effort
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial ... Plant City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the ... closing for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice ... States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm ... Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a ... area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, ... the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. ... toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex ... as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and ... a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... DUBLIN , June 23, 2016 ... "Global MEMS Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to ... The report contains up to date financial ... reliable analysis. Assessment of major trends with potential impact on ... dive analysis of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... Pharma News Issue 52" report to their offering. ... in influenza treatment creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune ... growing patient base that will serve to drive considerable growth ... vaccine would serve to cap sales considerably, but development is ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , , , WHEN: ... , , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with ... , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice ... Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... industry is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: