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Haiti Needs Our Help

Haiti needs our help. As I'm sure you've heard, a major earthquake has devastated Port-Au-Prince, Haiti's capitol. I've traveled to Haiti several times, most recently in the last year. While there had been glimmers of hope in this country with a difficult history, news of this horrific tragedy breaks my heart.

In my time in Haiti, I was privileged to develop a strong friendship with Dr. Paul Farmer, and have become a passionate supporter of his remarkable organization Partners in Health, which many of you might already be familiar with. Chicago supporters of Partners in Health helped construct a hospital and Women's clinic in Haiti. By supporting Partners in Health, your donation will go directly towards helping those most affected by the earthquake. Please read this message that Partners In Health sent out yesterday evening, and consider giving your support.
 
A major earthquake centered just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince has devastated sections of the city and knocked out telephone communications throughout the country. Reached via email, Partners In Health staff at our facilities in the Central Plateau report that they experienced a strong shock but no major damage or injuries. We are still attempting to establish contact with other PIH facilities and to locate several staff members who were traveling in and around Port-au-Prince.

In an urgent email from Port-au-Prince, Louise Ivers, our clinical director in Haiti, appealed for assistance from her colleagues in the Central Plateau: "Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS... Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us."

Donate now to support our earthquake relief efforts.

The earthquake has destroyed much of the already fragile and overburdened infrastructure in the most densely populated part of the country. A massive and immediate international response is needed to provide food, water, shelter, and medical supplies for tens of thousands of people.

With our hospitals and our highly trained medical staff in place in Haiti, Partners In Health is already mobilizing resources and preparing plans to bring medical assistance and supplies to areas that have been hardest hit.

Both our teams in Boston and Haiti are already mobilizing to deliver resources as quickly as possible to the places where they are needed most.

Donate now to support our earthquake relief efforts.

Thank you for your solidarity during this crisis,

Ophelia Dahl
Executive Director - Partners in Health