Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Appoints Board of Directors and CEO

New York, NY - The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF), established by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to raise money for Haiti relief and recovery efforts after the January earthquake, has appointed a Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer to manage the Fund's operations. The six-person board will provide policy guidance and oversee the Fund's strategy and processes, while monitoring fundraising and cash disbursements to relief organizations operating in Haiti to ensure full adherence to the Fund's mission and vision.

The CBHF board members are:

  • Laura Graham, a former Clinton administration official and Chief Operating Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation, who will serve as a Board Co-Chair.
  • Joshua Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff to President Bush and currently a visiting professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, who will serve as a Board Co-Chair.
  • Bruce Lindsey, a former Clinton administration official and currently Chief Executive Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation.
  • Dr. Bill Frist, former U.S.Senate Majority Leader, a professor at Vanderbilt University, a partner at Cressey & Company in Chicago, and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands.
  • Henrietta Fore, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development under President Bush and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, an investment and management company.
  • Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor during President Clinton's administration and currently Chief Executive Officer of New Ventures, LLC.

Gary Edson, who served as Deputy National Security Adviser in President Bush's administration, co-led the development of the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and led the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty, will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the CBHF. He is currently Chief International Officer at The Case Foundation. "We are pleased to appoint a board of bipartisan, distinguished leaders whose experience in past disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts will ensure the effective operation of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the strategic allocation of its resources to have the greatest impact on the lives of the Haitian people," President Clinton said. "Their service and dedication will help President Bush and me continue to support the people of Haiti as they build back better in the months and years to come." "I am pleased that such a distinguished group of individuals has agreed to serve," said President Bush. "I thank them for donating their time and talents to this worthy cause. This group will ensure that our fundraising efforts remain strong, and that the money is spent on successful programs that build a better future for the Haitian people."

Board members will serve three-year terms, and will not receive salaries for their services to the Fund. The Board will hold regular meetings as well as an Annual Meeting as part of the management of the CBHF.

In the aftermath of the earthquake on January 12, President Barack Obama asked President Clinton and President Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the CBHF to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and "build back better."

To this end, CBHF is working with and supporting the efforts of reputable 501(c)(3) nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. To date, more than 200,000 individuals have donated over $36 million to CBHF, and in the first month, the Fund allocated $4 million to such organizations on the ground as Catholic Relief Services, Concern Worldwide US, Haitian NGO Gheskio, International Medical Corps, and Project Medishare, among others, to provide immediate relief and long-term assistance in the form of medical care and supplies, mobile clinics, water purification, hygiene kits, education assistance, and recovery supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Saint Martin and Martissant.

For more information, visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org. Contact: Phone: (212) 348-0360 press@clintonfoundation.org

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Burden of Surgical Disease Conference at Vanderbilt

Has Call to Action with Speeches by Senator William Frist and Bob Isherwood

Nashville, TN,  March 9, 2010 (PR Web) --  The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health will host the annual meeting of the Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group (BoSD WG) in Nashville, TN on March 10-12, 2010.  www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/bosd  BoSD WG mission is to advocate for the global delivery and improvement of surgical services, especially in low-income countries where the needs are great. www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com 

According to the BoSD WG  founder Dr. K. A. Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH and Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: "The BoSD WG has grown quickly and diversified in the 4 years since its grass root beginnings. While the group has made great strides in contributing peer-reviewed literature, to international collaboration and network building and to proactive academic discussion, we have yet to be broadly recognized by the global health community as an essential element of public health, contributing to decreased disability and premature death in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.  This year we hope to expand our focus and improve advocacy through increased communication and corporate collaboration, as well as continuing with our goals to improve surgical infrastructure in low income countries, invest in education and training, and improve surgical and anesthesia outcomes."

Speaking on behalf of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Douglas C. Heimburger, M.D., M.S. said: "Given the multidisciplinary missions of the BoSD WG and of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu , and the strength of Vanderbilt University faculty in many departments involved in  global health, it is a natural fit for Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health to lead in an interdepartmental effort on behalf of surgical needs in developing countries.  We are pleased and privileged to partner in this effort and host this conference."

The Honorable Senator William H. Frist MD will deliver a keynote address Lessons Learned in Haiti: Using Crisis to Highlight Surgical Need'.  Senator Frist, a surgeon and humanitarian, and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands www.hopethroughhealinghands.org has recently returned from Haiti where he performed surgery for five days at Baptist Haiti Mission Hospital. Dr. Frist said: "While surgery is taken for granted in the U.S., in developing countries many people die unnecessarily from lack of surgical and anesthesia presence. The disaster in Haiti has highlighted the desperate need for surgeons for those who did survive the earthquake, but were severely injured. We should seize this moment to draw attention to this need, not just for Haiti, but for low income countries around the world."

Bob Isherwood, Chief Creative Dude and Co-CEO of i.e. healthcare www.iehealthcare.com will also deliver a keynote ‘For crying out loud' to address the communication challenges facing the BoSD WG's objectives and how they might overcome them.   Bob Isherwood is the former Worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi and Saatchi, Clio Hall of Famer, and co-author of the book ‘World Changing Ideas'.  Isherwood also has an Honorary Doctorate in Communications.  Isherwood is using his consumer engagement and communications experience to bring attention and resources to needed healthcare issues.  In February 2010, Isherwood was a mHealth Alliance panelist as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress  www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3633584.htm where he talked about i.e. healthcare's work with the mHealth Alliance to bring healthcare solutions through the mobile phone to improve maternal and newborn health, particularly in Africa as part of the UN Foundation's Millennium Development Goals.

Jeff W. Morrill, President and CEO, NuOrtho Surgical, Inc. www.nuorthosurgical.com added: "NuOrtho Surgical is pleased to recognize the immeasurable contributions of the Global Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group in changing the face of surgical care globally.  However, a tremendous need still exists in areas such as mobility and basic orthopedic surgical procedures. NuOrtho looks forward to assisting the BoSD WG in building sustainable relationships for global health and expanding their efforts to preserve healthy tissue and enhance mobility." 

The BoSD WG March 10-12, 2010 meeting will have an elite group of 145 participants from 10 countries with representatives from: World Health Organization, International Committee for the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Operation Smile, Global Burden of Disease Project, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Vanderbilt University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Washington. University of Utah, University of Toronto, University of California at San Diego, Society of Anesthesiologists, American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, International Society of Surgeons, and World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists.

About Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group

The Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group (BoSD WG)  is an international group of anesthesiologists, surgeons, economists and public health specialists committed to improving the infrastructure for and delivery of surgery in low and middle income countries.  The Group formed in 2007 with 25 members and has grown to more than 300.  Members of the group represent North American and European Academic Institutions, International Institutions and professional societies, non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.  The BoSD WG has collectively published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed journals and remains committed to promoting the importance and cost effectiveness of surgical intervention in preventing disability and premature death.  Recent efforts have focused on advocacy within the Global Health Community for increased commitment to and funding for surgical programs in low income countries.  Information on the BoSD WG can be found at www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com  To join the list serve, please send an email to bosdworkinggroup@gmail.com.  You can also follow us at: www.facebook.com/pages/Burden-of-Surgical-Disease-Working-Group/111916378354

Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group Media Contact:

Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH

BoSD WG Founder

kamcqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

602-617-0907

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March 5, 2010

by Bill Frist, M.D.

The Leading Child Killers No One Is Talking About

Which two diseases kill the most children worldwide? If you guessed AIDS, malaria, or measles, you're wrong.  Pneumonia and diarrhea claim the lives of more children under age 5 than those three diseases combined and account for over 30% of child deaths worldwide.

Pneumonia and diarrhea kill more children than any other disease - yet most people are unaware that this common illness has such a profound impact on the world's children.  Every day, 10,000 children die from pneumonia and diarrhea despite the fact that affordable prevention and treatment options exist. For millions of children around the world, these diseases could be prevented with vaccines and medicines that cost less than $10.

The real tragedy is that we have the tools to prevent most of these deaths but lack the political will to make their use a priority.  That's why Save the Children and GAVI have teamed up to continue raising the visibility of the biggest killers of children.

If the U.S. Government were to lead a global campaign to get pneumonia and diarrhea treatment to children living in just six countries - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo - we would see the single biggest reduction in child mortality of our lifetime - and we would be that much closer to achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 - to reduce child mortality by 2/3 by 2015.

You can help fight the leading killers of children and make a real difference in the lives of children around the world - here is how:

  • Vote for Save the Children and Gavi's life-saving idea:

     Fight the Leading Killers of Children - Urge U.S. to Invest in Child Health
     http://bit.ly/c0nD1j

Two-month-old Damon is one example of how basic health services can save children's lives.  Damon lives in a small impoverished village in Malawi, nine miles away from the nearest health facility. When Damon was 5 days old, he suddenly stopped breastfeeding and started crying.  He was weak, had a high fever, a fast pulse and short breaths. Fortunately, his mother Zione, did not have to carry Damon miles to get medical care, because a trained community health worker was right there in her community to evaluate the little boy's condition and provide antibiotics. Prompt attention from this health worker, who then referred the baby to a hospital, very likely saved Damon from a tragic death.

Show your support for the world's children and vote for US leadership against the leading killers of children. Vote today and help ensure this issue is presented to the Obama Administration and Change.org's one million supporters. Help children who cannot vote for themselves.

 

‘Big Kenny' Alphin, Culpeper's country music superstar
"I don't believe in getting off the playing field"
By Audrey T. Hingley

"Big Kenny" Alphin's energy puts most people half his age to shame. Alphin, 46, cheerfully admits to having "eight jobs," including overseeing his new Nashville-based music company and releasing a new solo CD, The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy. The kinetic singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed company CIO ("chief imagination officer") wears multiple hats onstage - and in real life.

"I don't believe in getting off the playing field," he says. "I think you do all you can till you can't do it anymore."

The Culpeper native burst onto the music scene in 2004 as one-half of the eclectic duo Big & Rich. He and musical partner John Rich took the music world by storm with their "country music without prejudice" fusing of country, rap and rock. Their success has produced four albums, sold-out concerts and a slew of awards.
In March, Rich released a solo CD, Son of a Preacher Man, on Warner Brothers, but Alphin has taken a different route.

"I got out of Warner completely as a solo artist and put my whole team together. I was at a place in my life where I didn't want to ask permission," he says. "Now I run my own show. If I'm sitting in L.A. and decide to cut a video tomorrow, I'll cut a video. You could never work like that in the normal label system, where everything had to go through some committee."

The video illustration is an apt one: That's just what Alphin did. In Los Angeles for meetings last May, he "decided to catch a perfect spring day in Virginia" and returned to his parents' large working cattle farm to film the video for Long After I'm Gone, his new single.
"No matter where I go, Virginia is still home. There's just something real comforting about being on the farm. I made the decision one day and did it the next," he says of the video featuring breathtaking vistas of his parents' lush farm and shots of Alphin with wife Christiev, son Lincoln, and parents Bill and Mary Alphin. "We wrote it, directed it and filmed it right there on the spot with no plan."

Alphin adds: "Farming has its ups and downs, but, boy, when I go back there and see it as everyone does in the video, I think it looks pretty doggone close to heaven. It really was quite an idyllic way to grow up."
The seeds of Alphin's success were sown as he was growing up with siblings Charleene, Robert and Wallace, overseen by parents who emphasized Christian faith, family and hard work.

"I never saw anybody around me with dust growing on them," Alphin admits. "My dad still works as hard as he can go."

Longtime farm employee George Ellis observes: "Kenny was determined not to be outdone. If somebody was lifting a bale of hay, he would roll 'em if he couldn't lift 'em."
By the time Alphin finished high school, he'd operated a variety of businesses. When he was in his early 20s, he ran a construction/development business until a real estate recession sent him into bankruptcy. Steve Southard, senior vice president with Virginia Community Bank in Culpeper, worked with Alphin then and recalls, "If you want to succeed, you can't be afraid to fail, and Ken was not afraid to fail. He always focused on the positive."

Close friend Paul Bates, who owns Bates Body & Repair, says, "Ken has always been the type of person who would go after what he set his mind to ... he would get these big ideas and not let up."

Bates remembers Alphin making a prosthetic arm for a high school physics project: "It had fingers on it, a motor to let the fingers move, and we fiberglassed it. ... His mind was just on a different level than most people."
Alphin's music career started after he was dared to sing at a Northern Virginia club. Afterward, a stranger asked if he wanted to join a band, and the die was cast. He moved to Nashville in 1994 and in 1995 inked a songwriting/music publishing deal. A 1998 recording deal with Hollywood Records ultimately fizzled, but when Alphin met Rich something clicked.

Mary Alphin admits there were times she and Bill wondered if Kenny was fooling himself: "We heard he was living off credit cards. John later said Kenny had $140,000 in credit card debt, and he wasn't far behind [when Big & Rich hit]. But Ken never said anything to us about it [money problems]."

Bates recalls, "He always had an optimistic outlook. Sometimes I'd think he just doesn't want to accept the fact that he's a little too old to go to Nashville. The odds were against him. But Ken has the gift of gab and charisma; he could strike up a conversation with anybody. I think that has a lot to do with his success."
His father also modeled later-life career success, beginning a 20-year insurance career in his mid-40s while continuing to farm.

Alphin, whose first marriage ended in divorce, married stylist Christiev Carothers in 2005, becoming a stepfather to her two sons from a previous marriage. Friends say the birth of son Lincoln, now 4, has "grounded" Alphin.

Asked if parenthood has changed his perception of his own parents, Alphin replies with a hearty laugh: "Heck, yeah. I gave my parents hell! I was a kid; I didn't know. I love my wife completely, and Lincoln ... it's a crazy kind of love I've never experienced and can't explain. It [parenthood] has made me stronger and more enlightened to the world around me."

He's joined musicians such as Sheryl Crow in Music Saves Mountains, an effort to end mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia and is helping fund doctors in Appalachia via a nonprofit called Hope Through Healing Hands. Moved by the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, Alphin is also involved with My Sister's Keeper, a nonprofit whose projects include a Sudanese school for girls and medical clinic.

Alphin says to fellow boomers, "I'm sure everybody goes through discouragement; I'm not saying I haven't. But the way you deal with it is the choices you make. If someone wants to talk themselves out of something, they'll find a reason. But if someone wants to go after their life's passion, and that passion can also be their life's work, that's a pretty good thing. I firmly believe that anyone is capable of finding that place in life."

Audrey T. Hingley is a Richmond-based freelance writer.

BGA Donates over $1800 to HTHH Haiti Disaster Relief Fund

by Jenny Dyer, Ph.D.

Battleground Academy's Middle School, Grades 5-8, collected over $1,800 from their students as a fundraiser for Haiti Relief efforts. The students gave a minimum donation of $5 for the privilege of wearing blue jeans to school (in exchange for their typical uniform attire).

Jonathan Reiss and Harris Jones, seventh graders at BGA Middle School seen in the photo above, presented the check this week to Senator Frist.

Sen. Frist told the young men that this money would be used for tetanus vaccines (via Mobile Medical Disaster Relief) and fuel for helicopters (via Samaritan Air), to name a couple of ways the money is being spent right now.

The BGA Haiti Fundraiser was led by Keli Kennedy the Community Service Coordinator.

February 23, 2010

by Bill Frist, M.D.

Haiti Fund Update 

            As of this week, we've been able to donate over $115,000 of your generous gifts to provide immediate assistance for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Most recently, beneficiaries have included Missionary Flights International, which has provided air transport during this time of crisis in Haiti, and Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, which will be purchasing tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccinations for over 6500 children in Port au Prince.

            Below are three great photos of how our monies have been spent already. Love Everybody has used our gift to purchase a water purification machine, Samaritan Air has provided transport for mothers and children to clinics to receive immediate aid, and Promise for Haiti has purchased an autoclave or sterilizer for their clinic in Pignon. We will continue to demonstrate exactly how your dollars have been used as our beneficiaries report back with photographs of how your gift has been spent. 

     

Annual Report 2009 

            Our Annual Report 2009 will be published this month! We are excited to showcase our programmatic efforts from last year with measureable results from your investment. Over 2200 patients were seen, 175 community health workers/medical personnel/leaders were trained, and 20 training courses were provided to clinics in Guatemala, Kenya, and Rwanda. We are proud of our first class of Global Health Leaders.

Giving

            For 2010, we will be supporting 13 Global Health Leaders. We are looking forward to working with new schools and new students including those from Lipscomb University and Belmont University. Our leaders are standing in the gap of the critical need for health workers in developing communities. They are bravely going into clinics, caring for patients, and training health workers to enhance and sustain the health care of children, women, and families.

Support these Global Health Leaders' work today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 22, 2010

CONTACT:

Jenny Dyer

PHONE:

(615) 386-0045

NASHVILLE, TN - Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health nonprofit organization, announced today the delivery of over 260 beds for relief efforts in Haiti.  The beds will go to clinics in some of the hardest hit areas of Haiti to help provide needed care and rest to those still recovering from injuries sustained from the January earthquake.  The beds were donated by Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, with special help and coordination from the Executive Director of the South Central Tennessee Development District, Jerry Mansfield and staff.

Former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, the Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands said, "I am thrilled that our group was able to help facilitate the delivery of these beds to those in need in Haiti.  When I was down in Haiti following the earthquake, I saw tremendous need for supplies like these, and I thank Huntsville Hospital, Fayetteville Rotary Club, and Jerry Mansfield for providing these beds."

Hope Through Healing Hands' partner, Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and from individual donors and then distributes shoes free of charge to people in need, has helped provide transportation for the beds through Operation Compassion, an international relief organization based in Cleveland, TN that has provided transportation for medical equipment needed in Haiti. The total donation of beds consisted of 256 Hill-Rom 850 hospital beds and 7 Stryker Critical Care beds. 

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 Hope Through Healing Hands is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working to improve the quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Since January, Hope Through Healing Hands has raised over $125,000 for relief efforts in Haiti.  For more information, please visit http://www.hopethroughhealinghands.org/.

February 16, 2009

www.bigkenny.tv/crywithyou

On January 3rd, Big Kenny was awoken with a strong emotion. Thirty minutes later it was the words to "Cry With You." Big Kenny worked on "Cry With You" while planning his departure to Haiti to help search for Walt who was in the country working on several renewable energy projects at the time. It features a broad range of spirit and talent who came into The Last Dollar Studio to track and complete the song while Big Kenny was away. The song includes the First String Orchestra directed by Carl Marsh, recorded at Oceanway Studios the day prior to Big Kenny's departure to Haiti, spoken word by Senator Bill Frist just back from Haiti himself, Better Than Ezra members Kevin Griffin and Travis McNabb, Glotown Artist Damien Horne, Lo Carter as well as many others.

Because of the many Fan requests, if you wish to make a donation to the "Love Everybody Fund", all purchase amounts over the $1 "Cry With You" track price, will go directly into the Love Everybody Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. We hope this simplifies the giving process and your many wishes to HELP. Thank You.

 

 

February 10, 2010

Three Updates: Reflections and Reports

We continue to receive reports from friends and acquaintances and partners who are still in the field in Haiti. We want to share three of those stories today.

A Surgeon's Reflections, Written on a Plane Returning from Haiti

Dick Furman, M.D. -- Samaritan's Purse

            ...I don't know how their memories will affect me as time goes on.  But now it is difficult not to compare them with life, as we know it.  They will not sleep in their homes because of the after quakes.  At night they still cry out and moan and wail.  The stench remains in the air as you drive by building that collapsed.  And then there are the patients that survived and we operated on who are in despair with nowhere to go and loved ones dead.  We had our surgical team meeting this morning after which I made my last walk through the hospital and left patients I will remember for the rest of my life.  I am on the plane flying home as I think back over what was the most horrific time I have ever experienced in my life.  I have never seen such suffering.  I have never seen so many people go through so much sorrow. 

            It surely looked different on TV.  Watching it, you could get the feeling of what the earthquake was like.  You could get a feel of the destruction of buildings and houses and stores.  You could even get some insight into the terrible devastating feeling the people are going through.  But until you have examined a patient who was in the kitchen while her husband and four children were in the next room, who felt her third floor apartment begin to shake and sway and less than sixty seconds later; her family was dead and she had a slab of concrete roof lying on her legs and pelvis  -  until you are a part of that, you can't really understand what it was all about.  We operated on her and for the next week, every time I examined her at her bedside she would begin shaking her head and begin weeping.  Last night, my last night in Haiti, I left our quarters and slipped down to the hospital just before going to bed and prayed at her bedside, gently placing my hand on her head.  I didn't know how to pray, what to ask.  I realized we had done everything medically which could be done and only God's love for this woman could give her any comfort.  Our surgery was going to be successful.  The physical part of her problem would be healed but that part of her desperation was minimal to her over-all suffering.  So I prayed a verse, which came to mind.  I prayed that God would give her a peace that surpasses all human understanding that would guard her heart and her mind through Jesus Christ during this terrible time in her life.  I finished my prayer and stood by her bed and just looked at her hardened face and thought of what she has been through and wondered how long she would suffer before she realized the peace of God.

            I walked through the other wards.  Most of the patients were asleep.  I could not speak Creole nor understand it.  I would stop at the foot of certain beds and give a nod at a particular patient I had gotten to know in a very unusual way.  They didn't try to speak.  I would stand a few minutes looking at them and ask God to give them that same peace that only he could give.  I would just touch their foot or pat their leg and stand with them a moment just to let them know that even though I wouldn't see them again here on earth, I cared. 

            I stopped at the first ber in the second ward.  He had pulled his sheet up over his face.  I wanted him to see me but didn't want to awaken him even though he was one of my favorite patients.  He was a large man; a policeman, in his mid thirties.  We had put some metal pins through his broken bones on his right leg and then stabilized it with an external brace.  He had a wife and two young daughters.  His wife was giving the girls a bath when the quake hit.  For two days, the he was trapped, not knowing whether his wife and children were alive or not.  Even when some men found him and pounded the concrete off his body to free him, he did not know.  He didn't know for sure they had died until he looked back at the rest of the house and realized the slab of roof had completely crushed the bathroom portion of his home.  He had been with us three days in the hospital but didn't speak much to anybody.  I can only imagine what keeps going through his mind.  I can't imagine how I would react if my wife and all my children were suddenly taken away from me. 

            And a few beds down were the man with the little three-year-old boy who had lost part of his arm.  The man's wife and two children had died in the quake.  He kept telling me through the interrupter that his wife was thirty-two years old.  Thirty-two he kept saying. I remember him sitting and holding his boy all day in his lap as if he wanted to make certain he didn't loose him.  We had tried to discharge him earlier in the day but he had no money and nowhere to go.  At least at the hospital they received one meal a day.  We needed his bed for other patients but yet couldn't make him leave for some reason...

(Dick has a longer reflection of multiple patients. These were just some stories that remind you of the families torn apart in a moment's time.)

Reflections from a Clinical Research Nurse Trainer, Vanderbilt University -- at GHESKIO Clinic: Port au Prince

by Janet Nicotera, RN BSN

Hi,
I want to let you know I am alive and well at GHESKIO. The main building the one built more than 20 yrs ago when our collaboration began is not safe but that has not stopped the work. Administration moved, research trial patients are seen outside under the trees and every inch is utilized. Two field hospitals are also on the university side so it sounds a lot like the TV show MASH all day. We have almost 6000 refugees, 1000 under 5 yrs old. I had not put my bags away and Dr. Pape had given me three new tasks..I love that about him. We are currently preparing for two post op sites and another research site so patients can have more access to care. Life goes on here. I am so grateful to be with these amazing people and learn from their tenacity.
Best, Jan

From Save the Children, a HTHH Beneficiary of Haiti Disaster Relief Funding (as of 2/10/2010)

Reading Material: SC produced this prior to the earthquake assessing the needs of Haiti last Fall, October 2009 -- Modernizing Foreign Assistance, Insights from the Field: Haiti

Our efforts in Haiti continue to make a big difference for families and children. The mass food distribution which we are managing with the World Food Program at 2 of the 19 locations in Port au Prince continues to go well (target 280.000 beneficiaries). The Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) center and helpline was set up over the weekend at the UN logs base and is now operational as child separation and protection remain key concerns. Community registration workers were trained and began registering children in Port-au-Prince on Sunday in coordination with UNICEF, IRC and ICRC. Fully operational sub-offices in Leagone and Jacmel have been established to support our growing response in those areas. Further sub-offices in Petit Goave and Port au Prince are being established. With rains imminent, the distribution of shelter material and the establishment of planned settlements still remain among the main priorities for assistance, with sanitation and control of vector-borne diseases becoming a major concern at many temporary sites.

General Updates:

* The Government of Haiti reports that the death toll may be as high as 200,000 people, with an additional 300,000 people injured by the quake.

* To date, seven organized settlements have been established for 42,000 displaced people, with an additional 460,000 in spontaneous settlements throughout PAP.

* The Ministry of Education is in the process of assessing 6,000 schools and estimates that over 400,000 children are displaced.

Our most recent activities are as follows:

Total number of beneficiaries reached so far: 297,591

Total number of beneficiaries we intend to reach: 800,000

Non Food Items (NFIs)/Shelter:

* SC has reached a total of 9,611 families with NFIs to date. 500 families in Leogane and 511 families in Jacmel were provided with blankets, hygiene kits and other NFIs in the last three days.

* SC shelter activities will be scaled up in the coming weeks, with an interagency assessment to identify tent sites in Jacmel already underway.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH):

* To date, SC WASH interventions have reached more than 60,000 people. This includes the construction of 156 emergency latrines, 90 bathing areas, and hand washing facilities at 20 latrines.

* Additionally, the first of an expected 150 WASH facilities was installed at a Child Friendly Space on Monday.

* SC is leading an inter-agency WASH assessment in 5 districts in Leogane and conducted training for mass hygiene promotion activities set to begin this week in Port-au-Prince.

Health and Nutrition:

* 14 SC mobile health teams have seen a total of 10,630 patients at 45 locations to date. This includes 2,760 people in Port-au-Prince, 1,143 people in Leogane and 6,727 people in Jacmel. Additionally, SC health agents are equipped with oral rehydration solution to treat cases of diarrhea.

* SC health teams completed MUAC screening for 125 children, of which 7 were found to have severe acute malnutrition and 13 had moderate malnutrition. Additionally, SC, in collaboration with Ministry of Health, completed a measles vaccination campaign along with MUAC screening in Jacmel.

*SC is leading the infant and child feeding program at the national level and is supplying safer breast milk substitutes (BMS) for infants who cannot be breastfed.

Child Protection:

* The Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) center and helpline was set up over the weekend at the UN logs base. Community registration workers were trained and began registering children in Port-au-Prince on Sunday in coordination with UNICEF, IRC and ICRC.

* The sector specific in-depth assessment is being conducted this week in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel by SC trained volunteers. 10 additional staff will be trained for an upcoming assessment in Leogane.

* SC also held a two day workshop for CFS trainers, with 70 participants from 25 organizations.

Food/Livelihoods:

* So far, SC food distributions have reached over 120,000 beneficiaries, including 72,000 children. This number will continue to increase as distributions in Port-au-Prince continue over the next week.

* SC distributed 25kg bags of rice to 1,700 families daily over the weekend in each of the two locations, Martissant and Tabarre, as part of the 14-day World Food Program collaboration.

* The cash programming learning group led by SC is being officially recognized by the Early Recovery cluster and Cash for Work programming is expected to begin this week.

Education:

*Of the 29 schools that were a part of SC's Rewrite the Future Campaign, 5 were totally destroyed, 14 were partially affected with varying levels of damage, 8 were not structurally affected and information was unavailable for 2. Only one of these schools has started to function.

* SC will conduct assessments in 4 zones in Leogane to identify sites for temporary learning spaces.

Staffing:

* Wellness sessions with staff members continue and a long-term strategy will be issued soon.

* Additionally, 70 tents, 300 sleeping bags and 300 sleeping mats for national staff arrived in Port-au-Prince on Friday, providing some much-needed relief.

 

 

February 8, 2010
by Bill Frist

The work in Haiti continues, and there are still so many suffering. It is difficult to see if help is actually getting through at times with so much devastation and need. If you've followed my blog and twitter feed, you read some of the amazing things that have happened down there during this short time. There are hundreds of stories like these, but I wanted to share one with you now and thank the efforts of so many to make at least one success story.

I traveled to Haiti with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, who had their first physician on the ground on January 13. Their work was tremendous and immediate. While I was there, they had built up to a 55-person Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), of which 21 were medical professionals. That number has only continued to grow since.

We quickly found that the orthopedic needs were tremendous. There were so many fractures and orthopedic injuries, that the supplies were quickly running out. Through our network, Dr. Dick Furman of Samaritan's Purse collected a list of needs, and we shared them on the web. As a result, we were able to connect with a major orthopedic manufacturing company named Synthes who donated all the supplies that were needed, including:

Small fragment sets (3.5 mm screws)
Large fragment sets (4.5mm screws)
External fixators--large size rods, metal connectors, and Shantz screws

After the call was put out for needs, Synthes quickly responded, sending a large cargo plane down to Port Au Prince full of needed supplies, both for Samaritan's Purse and others in the field. Because of the efforts of the dedicated staff at Synthes, I am certain that many more Haitians are on their way to recovery from the physical scars of this terrible tragedy.

I think this story is one of many going on currently, and I am going to try to find more to share with you. You can see that thanks to the power of the internet, desperate needs were identified and met very quickly, and lives were saved.

Keep your thoughts, prayers and efforts focused on Haiti. The need is great, and will continue to be for quite some time.

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