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Global Institute partners with Project Medishare and University of Miami doctors and nurses to provide medical aid in earthquake torn Haiti

January 15, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

Chairman of The Global Institute at the University of Miami and Project Medishare Co -Founder Dr. Barth Green is currently meeting with Haitian President Rene Preval to discuss relief efforts in Port-au-Prince and Haiti.

The Global Institute at the University is organizing doctors and nurses from Miami hospitals to team up with Project Medishare’s medical teams working mobile trauma clinics in Haiti.

Project Medishare’s 11-person trauma team has been on the ground in Port-au-Prince since Wednesday morning. The trauma team worked out of United Nations headquarters at the airport, but under very difficult circumstances.

Project Medishare’s Executive Director, Ellen Powers, reported that the amount of suffering is far overwhelming the capability to help.

Three more teams arrived on Thursday with medical supplies. Instead of working out of UN headquarters, the teams are now working between Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital Hospital Universitaire de la Paix, and a makeshift hospital outside the Hotel Villa Creole where it will be easier to provide better care. Medical teams will be flying in daily to assist the primary Project Medishare team.

Project Medishare’s office and staff house in Port-au-Prince has been destroyed. Two staff members are missing and believed to be in the office at the time of the quake.

Powers said that while there was a need for medical supplies that logistically getting these supplies into the streets of Port-au-Prince are nearly impossible right now.

TODAY Show’s Ann Curry and Al Roker interviewed Anna Morrison, a Project Medishare medical team member. The medical trauma units will fly in each day with medical supplies, stay for 20 hours, and fly back to Miami. Morrison, who works at Holy Cross Hospital in Miami, said the hospital donated $5000 worth of the supplies the team brought in this morning.

CNN’s Eric Marrapodi reported that the pier used for delivery of cargo to Port-au-Prince was “completely compromised” by Tuesday’s earthquake. Marrapodi said three ships filled with medical supplies, food, clothing and water were turned away. He also reported that roads leading into the city from the dock were bucked about 5 feet high by the earthquake.

Project Medishare is asking that donors do not send supplies right now, but to donate money to Project Medishare’s Earthquake Relief Fund so that Project Medishare medical teams may purchase necessary supplies.

Project Medishare has been working in Haiti since 1995 and is committed to long term recovery efforts for years to come. Project Medishare is uniquely positioned to provide disaster relief services in Haiti because of the staff experience, language skills and relationships developed over many years working in this impoverished country.

The most urgent need right now are cash grants. You can donate through the online Earthquake Relief Fund today.

Click here to donate online to The Global Institute’s partnering efforts with Project Medishare or you can send checks by mail to:

Global Institute
Miller School of Medicine
1801 NW 9th Ave.
Suite 470 (M701)
Miami, FL 33136

Please make checks payable to: Global Institute Millennium Project Haiti.

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