Caring for the injured
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 14th August claimed several thousand lives. It is still affecting tens of thousands of families, including those who are injured, who have lost their homes or their livelihoods. HI is working with a Haitian partner organisation, FONTEN, to support two hospitals and a rehabilitation center in caring for those injured by the earthquake.
Delivering humanitarian aid
HI's teams in Haiti are relying on their experience of natural disasters and expertise in logistics to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, by taking care of freight transportation from storage to the affected areas in the South. HI has responded to the requests of around 30 organisations such as Solidarités International, the World Health Organization, Care, and Acted, mobilising local transporters in order to share transportation of humanitarian aid. Considering the difficulties facing road access, HI is prioritising the use of boats to send goods. HI also offers the use of a warehouse for storage of goods until they can be distributed.
Transporting by boat
Since 14th August, HI has transported, or is in the process of transporting, 420 tonnes of goods including: mobility devices, medicine, medical supplies, fuel, food (rice) and water.
"It is an essential component of our activity,” underlines Emilie Boyer, in charge of coordinating HI's response to the Haiti emergency. “Since some organizsations are not able to organize the transport of materials, they can rely on our teams. In the end, this allows us to reach affected people, even when they are in areas that are not very accessible."