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USAID's Global Health Bureau Responds to Haiti's Medical Crisis
Date:1/16/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health is sending additional specialists to Haiti to help assist with the rising medical needs.  Reports indicate that thousands of individuals in makeshift medical facilities are in dire need of medical attention following Tuesday's earthquake.

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Global Health Bureau's Clydette Powell and Robert Ferris are among a number of USAID employees deploying to Haiti to support current medical relief efforts with their expertise and much needed supplies.  Powell and Ferris, both physicians, have lived and worked in Haiti and are experienced responding to disasters.  The two will be assigned on board the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship commanded by Captain James Ware.  The USNS Comfort is capable of providing full hospital services, able to provide mobile, flexible, and rapid response medical capability for acute medical and surgical care.  The ship will depart Baltimore MD, sail directly to Haiti, and is estimated to arrive Wednesday, January 20.  

"It's a privilege to serve my country and a privilege to serve the people of Haiti," Powell said.  She went on to say how
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