It was just three short weeks ago that violent attacks began threatening the safety of our staff and patients and compelled us to implement our Emergency Operations Plan. Despite the continuing attacks in our area of the Artibonite, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer and our brave and overwhelmed staff have continued to serve.
Many have had to work and sleep in our hospital 24/7 and their heroic efforts have allowed our hospital emergency services and other key departments to remain fully operational throughout this crisis.
In the face of killings and kidnappings, in these last 3 weeks alone we have cared for hundreds of critically ill patients, with over 350 new patient admissions and 113 surgeries including 30 emergency high-risk Cesarean births.
As the violence has continued to spiral out of control, in the past 21 days we have treated more gunshot victims than we normally treat in an entire year!
Care is desperately needed everywhere. While services continue to rise at the hospital, we are also deploying health teams and mobile clinics to the most remote parts of our service area which have been completely cut off from even basic medical services.
Despite many having to work and sleep at the hospital 24/7, today our staff continues to stand strong and save lives!
Please consider a donation today to help with our team’s brave and life-saving efforts.
As always, thank you for your concern and support in this time of dire need.
Jean Marc de Matteis
Surgery photo credit: Valérie Baeriswil