January 25, 2010

Invisible Lives, a documentary scheduled to air worldwide January 26 at 20:30 GMT on BBC World, will be featuring the work of Save the Children.  In the documentary, Dr. Joy Lawn, a newborn health expert with Save the Children, travels to Nepal and Malawi to examine how these two countries, although worlds apart, are making progress in saving newborn lives. The documentary explores how these low-income countries are among the few on track to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths of children under 5 years of age by 2/3 by 2015 despite a myriad of obstacles.

Those who have satellite television or special cable may have access to the program on the BBC World Channel.  If you don't, there will be a free download to the video of the program on and after 26th January at www.rockhopper.tv

 

January 25, 2010

King's Hospital: Physicians helping physicians

by Bill Frist, M.D.

Just after our arrival at the Port au Prince airport, I met a volunteer medical team on the tarmac. They had supplies, but they were stranded at the airport with nowhere to go. They were awaiting UN directions and approval to leave.

We had just gotten off our plane and they saw my Samaritan's Purse hat and asked for help. We only had one truck so I told them I'd just received an email from King's hospital and that they were in dire need of help.

I said I would postpone our departure from the airport to have our truck take them immediately to King's hospital if they were willing. They were dropped off...

And then today, I received an email of thanks from the physicians Sylvia Campbell and Jeanne David. They noted that in the midst of all the sadness and pain there was hope - exemplified by the baby they delivered on the steps of the hospital immediately after they arrived.

This is just one story of hope and the fortuitous opportunity we had to help these women save the lives of many that day.

 

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health is hosting the second annual Tennessee Global Health Forum on February 12, 2010.

The Forum is being held at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center in Nashville, Tennessee and is bringing together individuals and organizations that are involved or hope to be involved in global health and development. The forum will address how sustainability fits into the arena of global health, offer lessons from leaders in international orgnazations based in Tennessee, help identify the existing and potential approaches to buliding sustainable programs in the Tennessee local area expanding to the global setting, and to explore and open up new doors to the successful methods that lead to sustaining global health programs.

Experiencing this forum, one can walk away with new ideas, methods, and applicable practices that will allow one to immediatley take action in global health, have the extra push to encourage others to engage in global health, connect themselves to the network of global health and development activists and importantly improve one's project right away.

The Forum is divided into two sessions: a morning "Roundtable Topic Discussion" and an afternoon "Lessons Learned". One can expect to hear from various speakers from areas of faith based organizations, health informatics, local volunteers, and Nonprofit organizations.  The forum is very participant driven in conversations and interactions with panels addressing topics such as, "when to let go: recognizing and acting on the need for change in organizational leadership" or "Cost recovery-is nonprofit, charitable health care a realistic and sustainable goal?.

To register and check out program information, visit www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/forum. Or one can call (615) 322-3974. With registration, indicate/select your top three selections for the morning roundtable discussion and the afternoon lessons learned session. Special dietary requests can be accommodated.

 

A Fundraiser to Benefit Hope Through Healing Hands

THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd

@ George

3251 Prospect St. NW Courtyard Washington, DC

9:00pm Minimum $25 donation / cover

**All proceeds will go directly to helping organizations on the ground in Haiti**

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9:00 - 11:00pm: Open bar (liquor drinks) & cash bar for drink specials, beer and wine

After 11:00pm: Cash bar for drink specials and dancing 

 If you cannot attend, please consider donating:

Donate to HTHH's Haiti Fund

 Please spread the word to all friends and co-workers. 

 Hosts: Harrison Frist & Ashley Huff, Jonathan Frist, Chris Gorges, Hilary McArthur,

Jenny McGehee, Matt McInnis, Kathryn & David Murphy, Page Oelschig, Kelly Piper,

Conner Ryan, Will Speicher, Ryal Tayloe, Whit Walker, Heather Young

January 21, 2010

This is the latest update sent by USAID-DCHA to be released to the public.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

At 0603 hours local time, a magnitude 5.9 aftershock occurred 35 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, with the epicenter located near Petit Goâve town, Ouest Department, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 94,000 people experienced very strong shaking during the aftershock; however, the extent of the damages and injures currently remain unclear. According to the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART), U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams are deploying to aftershock-affected areas, including Petit Goâve and Léogâne towns, to assess potential damages.

Following the aftershock, U.S. USAR teams began resurveying buildings to identify potential new open spaces created by the aftershock where survivors may be trapped and monitor building shifts.

On January 20, USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) contributed an additional $20 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) Emergency Operation for Haiti, increasing USAID/FFP's overall contribution to $68 million to date. At present, expedited commodity purchases are being organized.

1.20.10 USAID-DCHA Haiti-Earthquake Fact Sheet #8

January 20, 2010

Afternoon

Baptist Mission Hospital - Fermathe, Haiti

I just finished rounds. Here is the story of one young woman, Rouite Tisma:

She is a 16 year old schoolgirl still at school at 4:30.

The earthquake hit and the building crumbled around her, killing 6 others.

Dad, knowing she had stayed at school, went that night with flashlight and search for his daughter.  He told me he found nothing but piles of boulders and concrete where the school had been. Going from mound to mound, he called out her name ... Nothing but collapsed building. He helplessly called for hours wandering from pile to pile of building rubble.  Miraculously, she recognized his voice, and she responded from beneath 6 feet of rubble and concrete.  She called backed, hearing her Dad calling her name. It was pitch dark, but he directed his flashlight in the direction of his daughter's voice.  He spotted the back of her neck through the deep pile.  He told her that she would be alright.  He ran back to get his son to help remove her from the crushed debris.

Using just a shovel and pick, they worked to get her out. While buried, they could not get food or water to her because she was crumpled over and face down. On the third day, she was freed. Three days of father and son digging.

She was brought to hospital and waited for 24 hours. Her right leg was swollen and crushed. Fascitomy.  Left forearm swollen -- fasciotomy. No sensation in leg or hand and grossly swollen. But she is alive ... And thankful.

On rounds yesterday her appreciative Dad opened his Bible to John 3:16 and pointed it out to us.  It was in Creole so we, of course, couldn't read it.

Today she looks great and her brother was eager to help massaging her hands for physical therapy. 

This gives some feel to what we are doing and seeing in Haiti.

 

January 20, 2010

As of today, we have donated the funds raised from the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund to three different beneficiaries: Baptist Haiti Mission, Samaritan's Purse, and Save the Children totaling $35,000.

For more about these organizations, see our Beneficiaries page.

Thank you for your generous support.

January 20, 2010

Morning Update

Baptist Mission Hospital -- Fermathe, Haiti

We got to bed late last night after ward surgery - sleeping 14 people in a house on the hospital grounds. Early this morning, we were awakened to violent shaking, It seemed to last a minute but probably only 15 of seconds or so. It felt like someone was shaking me to wake up. Within seconds, hundreds of people throughout the hospital were wailing. The memories of the loss of children and crushing buildings are still so raw for those suffering already, this aftershock was a grim reminder of the pain and suffering they've been through over the past week. With a single aftershock, things settled down after an hour. No one is hurt here, but it is still psychologically damaging, and those wounds will take much longer to heal.

  

 

January 19, 2010

This just in from USAID-DCHA.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

· On January 18, Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive noted that the Government of Haiti (GoH) has declared a countrywide state of emergency and one month of mourning. The GoH is working to stabilize the situation in the country and has requested that banks, including at least 30 in Port-au-Prince, reopen on January 19, allowing businesses to distribute employees' salaries and restart operations.


· On January 18, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) distributed emergency food items to approximately 100,000 people inside and outside Port-au-Prince, bringing the total number of food aid beneficiaries since the earthquake to 200,000 people. Within the week, WFP aims to distribute 10 million ready-to-eat meals through four humanitarian hubs and at approximately 30 additional locations across Haiti.


· The GoH is prioritizing a rapid return to economic activities through the establishment of food- and cash-for-work programs, including efforts to re-establish power and remove debris from roads, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


· The U.N. Protection Cluster, headed by the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children, began meeting on January 18. Partners are establishing a system for displaced children, and the cluster will issue guidance on management of displaced children in the coming days. The cluster plans to establish child-friendly centers soon. In addition to the protection cluster, the U.N. has activated new clusters in early recovery and education.

1.19.10 USAID-DCHA Haiti-Earthquake Fact Sheet #7 

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