by Bill Frist, M.D.As of this week, we've been able to donate over $115,000 of your generous gifts to provide immediate assistance for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Most recently, beneficiaries have included Missionary Flights International, which has provided air transport during this time of crisis in Haiti, and Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, which will be purchasing tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccinations for over 6500 children in Port au Prince.
Feb 22 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NASHVILLE, TN - Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health nonprofit organization, announced today the delivery of over 260 beds for relief efforts in Haiti. The beds will go to clinics in some of the hardest hit areas of Haiti to help provide needed care and rest to those still recovering from injuries sustained from the January earthquake. The beds were donated by Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, with special help and coordination from the Executive Director of the South Central Tennessee Development District, Jerry Mansfield and staff.
Former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, the Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands said, "I am thrilled that our group was able to help facilitate the delivery of these beds to those in need in Haiti. When I was down in Haiti following the earthquake, I saw tremendous need for supplies like these, and I thank Huntsville Hospital, Fayetteville Rotary Club, and Jerry Mansfield for providing these beds."
Hope Through Healing Hands' partner, Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and from individual donors and then distributes shoes free of charge to people in need, has helped provide transportation for the beds through Operation Compassion, an international relief organization based in Cleveland, TN that has provided transportation for medical equipment needed in Haiti. The total donation of beds consisted of 256 Hill-Rom 850 hospital beds and 7 Stryker Critical Care beds.
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Hope Through Healing Hands is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working to improve the quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Since January, Hope Through Healing Hands has raised over $125,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. For more information, please visit http://www.hopethroughhealinghands.org/.
Feb 10 2010
Three Updates: Reflections and Reports
We continue to receive reports from friends and acquaintances and partners who are still in the field in Haiti. We want to share three of those stories today.
by Bill Frist, M.D.The work in Haiti continues, and there are still so many suffering. It is difficult to see if help is actually getting through at times with so much devastation and need. If you've followed my blog and twitter feed, you read some of the amazing things that have happened down there during this short time. There are hundreds of stories like these, but I wanted to share one with you now and thank the efforts of so many to make at least one success story.
I traveled to Haiti with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization, who had their first physician on the ground on January 13. Their work was tremendous and immediate. While I was there, they had built up to a 55-person Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), of which 21 were medical professionals. That number has only continued to grow since.
Jan 29 2010
by Cindy Watts**Hope Through Healing Hands donated $5,000 to Big Kenny's Love Everybody, LLC to support the medical and trauma services he and his team provided in Haiti.
by Cindy Watts
The Tennessean Blog
Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin was in the Charlotte, N.C., airport flying home to Nashville from a gig when he saw the news - a 7.0 magnitude earthquake had struck Haiti. Capital city Port au Prince was in shambles. More than 100,000 people were presumed dead.
Alphin immediately called Jeanne Ratterman. Her husband, Alphin's friend Walt Ratterman, had been in Port au Prince since Jan. 2.
The news - no news.
January 25, 2010
Invisible Lives, a documentary scheduled to air worldwide January 26 at 20:30 GMT on BBC World, will be featuring the work of Save the Children. In the documentary, Dr. Joy Lawn, a newborn health expert with Save the Children, travels to Nepal and Malawi to examine how these two countries, although worlds apart, are making progress in saving newborn lives. The documentary explores how these low-income countries are among the few on track to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths of children under 5 years of age by 2/3 by 2015 despite a myriad of obstacles.
Those who have satellite television or special cable may have access to the program on the BBC World Channel. If you don't, there will be a free download to the video of the program on and after 26th January at www.rockhopper.tv
by Bill Frist, M.D.Just after our arrival at the Port au Prince airport, I met a volunteer medical team on the tarmac. They had supplies, but they were stranded at the airport with nowhere to go. They were awaiting UN directions and approval to leave.
We had just gotten off our plane and they saw my Samaritan's Purse hat and asked for help. We only had one truck so I told them I'd just received an email from King's hospital and that they were in dire need of help.
I said I would postpone our departure from the airport to have our truck take them immediately to King's hospital if they were willing. They were dropped off...
Jan 21 2010
January 21, 2010
This is the latest update sent by USAID-DCHA to be released to the public.
At 0603 hours local time, a magnitude 5.9 aftershock occurred 35 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, with the epicenter located near Petit Goâve town, Ouest Department, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 94,000 people experienced very strong shaking during the aftershock; however, the extent of the damages and injures currently remain unclear. According to the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART), U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams are deploying to aftershock-affected areas, including Petit Goâve and Léogâne towns, to assess potential damages.
Following the aftershock, U.S. USAR teams began resurveying buildings to identify potential new open spaces created by the aftershock where survivors may be trapped and monitor building shifts.
On January 20, USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) contributed an additional $20 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) Emergency Operation for Haiti, increasing USAID/FFP's overall contribution to $68 million to date. At present, expedited commodity purchases are being organized.