Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Haiti Relief Volunteer Information

Thanks to the many volunteers interested in helping with the efforts in Haiti, it has become impossible to answer all the individual email inquiries. Planning weeks into the future is also difficult as the situation and needs are dynamic and changing by the day. If you are interested in volunteering or donating please go to or to find out the latest information and sign up. The volunteer teams are scheduled through the Loma Linda Global Health Institute in collaboration with CURE International at the above sites. Our efforts are currently focused at the Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti and include plans to provide ongoing care to earthquake victims while establishing a functional hospital and creating an orthopaedic and rehab focused long term teaching program.

Currently we have had ample surgeons, however nursing and ancillary staff has been in short supply. Many of the employees have lost immediate family members in the quake and have yet to come back to work. As time evolves local workers will fill in some of the workforce needs. However due to the high patient load and current lack of staff, RN, MD, and other ancillary volunteers are needed in the emergency department, pediatrics, OB, and rehab as well as surgery.

Surgical disposables (gowns, gloves, drapes, and dressings) are needed items and will continue to be in short supply. We are currently depending on donations for these items as a functional supply chain has yet to be established. Other needed items can be coordinated through Jerry Daly (LLU Global Health Institute) or Heather Hunter (CURE International).