International Medical
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IMA has remained and is still working in Haiti. We now have permanent volunteers on the ground in Haiti. We are sponsoring a Primary Care Clinic in Port-Au-Prince to care for people there who do not have the money to afford a doctor.

We are also sponsoring 6 orphanages now in Haiti. providing food, new wells for clean drinking water, latrines for appropriate sanitation, and medical care. Please see our "Orphanage" page under Where We Work in the menu bar.

We appreciate the continued support of our volunteers and donors to help make all this work possible.

Phase 1

Immediately after the earthquake, International Medical Alliance of Tennessee with the help of over 900 volunteers and over 600 donors was able to provide over 6000 patient- days of care, and performed nearly 800 surgical procedures, an estimated 20% of which were amputations.

Eighty-six critically injured or ill patients were evacuated by rotary wing aircraft.  Over time the surgical emphasis shifted from life-and-limb-sparing procedures to amputation revisions, plastic wound care and debridemont and the conversion of externally fixated fractures to pinning  and casting.

All of this care was accomplished with the invaluable aid of over 900 volunteers from some 70 organizations, including groups from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the United Arab Emirates and Korea.  International Medical Alliance of Tennessee was also helped by numerous international organizations, particularly by the Dominican military and air force, SESPAS (the Dominican public health authority), the US Coast Guard and Navy, USAID, the Pan American Health Organization and various United Nations agencies.

In Haiti the number of internally displaced persons ranged from 800,000 to 1.5 million. Accurate statistics may never be known, but the number of injured and homeless is huge and we will be involved, and we will be involved in both medical and general humanitarian refugee relief going forward.  As such, we have already distributed supplies to Fond Parisien, Croix des Bouquets, Les Cayes, Leogane, Carrefour, Desrinos, Thomazue, La Bastille, Gressier, and both the Adventist Hospital and Puerto Rican Hospital in Port-au-Prince. 

Phase 2

We now have permanent volunteers in place in Haiti.

We plan continued cooperative efforts with the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the General Melenciano Provinicial Hospital in Jimani, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Rehabilitation Hospital and various other organizations and individuals.

We are continuing to distribute food and medical supplies to refugee camps, orphanages, and the Bateys (small villages).

We are partnering with several organizations on the ground to maximize our impact on the local population.

As more medical supplies, and food come in we have a distribution system in place and have updated the needs list for the groups that we distribute to on a regular basis.

IMA is supporting a Primary Care Clinic in downtown   Port-Au-Prince. This clinic provides a Family Practice Physician to serve the poor that do not have access to medical care.

Many of our Haitian patients are malnourished and live in extreme poverty.  Their dwellings are mud and wattle huts and they have neither clean water nor functional latrines.  The children are infested with intestinal parasites and scabies and few are adequately vaccinated.  This area has one of the highest maternal neonatal death rates in the world.  The death rate due to neonatal tetanus is higher than most of the developing world with ninety reported deaths per year.  All children are wormed at least semi annually and vitamins are given as needed to both children and to expectant and nursing mothers.  Haitians are genetically predisposed to malignant hypertension which begins at an early age and is unrelated to body mass or activity.  We attempt to accomplish stroke prevention in this population by supplying adequate medication to control the blood pressure in year supplies as well.  All medications are labeled in Creole and pictorially as well if the patient cannot read or write.

We are also facing Urgent Needs in the Haitian Bateys. Click here to learn about the need in the Haitian Bateys.

 

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