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Rotary Clubs Worldwide Mobilize To Help Meet the Massive Need for Humanitarian Aid in Haiti
Date:1/27/2010

ople -- are in Haiti, and another 3,000 are due within a week, coordinated by logistics teams set up in Miami, Fla., and Santo Domingo, D.R. The ShelterBox team is first targeting pregnant women and families with newborns, but as team member Mark Pearson says, "The walking wounded are everywhere."

Nearly 1,500 of the walking wounded have been treated by 23 physicians volunteering with Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, assisted by six volunteers from two New York City Rotary clubs. Another 600 patients were admitted to the team's emergency hospital. The team worries that as time passes, the risk of disease will increase. "Should it rain, there will be outbreaks of cholera and other diseases," says volunteer Jim Kushner, of the Rotary Club of Inwood, Manhattan, N.Y.

Clubs throughout the regional Rotary district that includes Haiti quickly mobilized to send more than 55 planes carrying 50,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies into the cities of Pignon and Port-de-Paix, bypassing the myriad of logistical problems in Port-au-Prince. Rotary clubs throughout the Caribbean have raised more than $310,000 for immediate relief and long-term rebuilding.

"Rotary had an incredible infrastructure established before the quake, which has made our relief efforts very effective," says Dick McCombe, a member of the Rotary Club of South-East Nassau, Bahamas, noting that Rotary was in good position to help in Haiti, with 33 projects already underway to provide water, sanitation, medical ca
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