Interplast stands at the ready to help other professional
humanitarian organizations with established contacts and experience in
Haiti. We have reached out to
several of our InterAction member
colleagues, such as Partners in
Health (PIH) and Doctors
without Borders (MSF), offering to help recruit or credential reconstructive
surgical volunteers as needed. We
have also asked our own medical volunteers to consider donating their time
directly to Partners in Health, Doctors without Borders or other organizations.
Many have done so.
Interplast volunteer leader Dr.
Carter Dodge (photo, far left) is now serving with Partners in Health in
Haiti with his Dartmouth colleagues.
Carter wrote to us yesterday, “Thanks to Interplast for preparing me to
be effective in Haiti. I am
currently in Hinche in the central plateau. We are dealing with many
crush injuries, fractured pelvises, broken bones and now some renal failure as
well as routine wound care.”
Other Interplast volunteers on the ground in Haiti are: Dr. David Fogarty, Dr. Scott Andrews and PACU nurse Lucy Pierce. Additional Interplast medical volunteers
have sent applications to PIH or MSF and may be sent in the future. If you know
of others, please let us know.
Future Plans for
As Dr. Gupta said on CNN last week,
one of the great health needs in a few weeks will be surgeries to help burn and
injury victims. If this is the
case, Interplast wants to do whatever we can to help in the field of
reconstructive plastic surgery---and in partnership with another organization
with significant presence and history in Haiti (as we have none). It would be irresponsible for us
to go there independently and not have an established partner on the ground, as
it would add to the chaos and would diminish the effectiveness of our
efforts. Also, the people of Haiti
need emergency medical care and basic public health more than reconstructive plastic
surgery at this time.
Debunking the Myth
that Haiti is Hopeless
New York Times
columnist Nicholas Kristof and InterAction
colleague Anne Richards, International Rescue Committee, both have great
short pieces today debunking the myth that Haiti is a hopeless cause and we
recommend that you read them. Another factoid you might find interesting:
- Every year, more
people die from poverty related causes than the entire population of Haiti.
Professor Peter Singer asks, can we get people to continue to give?
But today, our hearts are with our volunteers, InterAction
colleagues and the people of Haiti.
Please do what you can to help them.