You have likely heard the sad news of this past weekend. A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Haiti, killing at least 14 people and injuring around 200. Many homes and schools lie in rubble.
As the earthquake’s epicenter was off the northern coast of Haiti, the city of Port-de-Paix has suffered the most. We want to assure you that Hôpital Albert Schweitzer was not in the affected area; our staff and patients are safe.
“Crises of this scale strain hospital resources. Although we have seen no influx of new patients at this point, we will receive any injured persons who are referred to us from Port-de-Paix and other northern medical facilities,” says Dr. Bien-Aimé, Medical Director. “We are especially equipped to provide surgeries and rehabilitation.”
“Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and to the many people who are picking up the pieces of their lives amidst the rubble,” says Louis Martin, CEO of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. “When one area of Haiti faces devastation, we all feel it. Our doors are open to support anyone in need of care.”
It is during times like these that we are especially grateful for our donors who enable us to remain prepared to respond to emergencies. Thanks to you, we are able to provide safe haven and critical care 24/7 and keep our facilities stocked with essential medical supplies. Because of Haiti’s vulnerable position atop major fault lines, these disasters will inevitably keep happening – but knowing you stand with us keeps hope alive.