Past Projects

 

Earthquake 2010

  • The Earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010, that caused great destruction and loss of life, homes and hospitals, was centered around the capital, Port-au-Prince, and did not damage any of the homes or structures in Gonaives. This event essentially brought the level of medical care in the capital down to the level it has been in Gonaives for years.  Even so, at least 50,000 injured and homeless people fled to Gonaives to live with families, adding to the burden of the very limited rudimentary health-care infrastructure there.

    As an example, the hospital has not had x-ray or ultrasound machines since the Hurricane in 2008.  The need for orthopedic services has now increased substantially due to all the amputations and broken bones sustained by the people caught in the quake.  With money donated to Health4Haiti for our earthquake relief efforts we have been able to partner with Project C.U.R.E. in Denver to send x-ray and much needed other equipment (beds, anesthesia machines, orthopedic fracture hardware, wheelchairs, etc) to Gonaives.  This makes it possible to take orthopedic surgery teams to the city, as we did to Port-au-Prince in the immediate aftermath of the earth-quake.

Hurricanes 2004 and 2008

  • In 2004 and 2008, Haiti was devastated by hurricanes.  Flash floods from the rainfall on the surrounding mountains sent 16 foot walls of water through the city of Gonaives and its only hospital, leaving behind a one foot layer of mud and sewage...destroying everything in it both times. After Hurricane Jeanne flooded the city in 2004, we asked St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation in Pueblo for its help to re-equip the hospital and re-open it's operating rooms.  The result was a three-year grant from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) in support of this, sending a medical team each year to re-open and maintain the operating rooms and treat patients, and to build a new clinic at the Episcopal Church and School.  Five other foundations have provided grant support as well.



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