Friday, April 2, 2010

IMANA Volunteers Working in Port-Au-Prince as Rainy Season Begins

Since IMANA volunteers first began delivering medical care in Port-Au-Prince in January, the medical needs and situation of the Haitian people have continued to evolve.  Initially, there was a great need for those able to help with wounds, broken bones, and other injuries.  While care for those injuries continued, needs began to shift over the next few days and weeks to deal more with primary care and mental health issues.

Over a million people had lost their homes in the earthquake.  More recently, public health officials have been raising concern about a potential second wave of tragedy as the rainy season approaches, which coupled with poor sanitation in makeshift camps could lead to high rates of infectious disease. In part to be responsive to this  need, IMANA members are volunteering with the Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), which you can read more about here.  Mansoor Khadir, who was a team member of IMANA team 5  is now acting as IMANA's Logistics Liaison. Team members are flying into and out of the Port-Au-Prince airport rather than having to travel through the Dominican Republic as they were initially. 

While IMANA is not recruiting more volunteers to travel to Port-Au-Prince at this time, IMANA's commitment to the Haitian people continues and IMANA is exploring partnerships, like the one with J/P HRO, through which it can continue to play a role in bringing relief to the people of Haiti.  Please keep them in your prayers.  As always, donations to IMANA for relief work in Haiti will continue to make a significant impact on the well-being and recovery for our Haitian brothers and sisters.