Partners in Health, the Boston-based group that has worked for decades on health and development in Haiti, has helped set up an emergency field hospital to treat the wounded.
This evening, Partners in Health spokesman Andrew Marx said victims are starting to make their way to Partners in Health hospitals in Haiti. Globe reporter Stephen Smith has a full account here.
On its web site, Partners in Health explains its initial response and appeals for contributions to support relief efforts. It quotes from field staff at the PIH facilities in the Central Highlands as saying they felt the quake but suffered 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."
The Partners in Health report adds:
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."
Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer first began working in Haiti in 1983, in Cange in the Central Highlands, and founded PIH in 1987 with a focus on improving health in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
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. In Boston, our procurement and development teams are already fielding numerous offers of support and making arrangements to deliver resources as quickly as possible to the places where they are needed most."
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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