Key Resources for Haiti Disaster Efforts
|Posters showing incorrect instructions for
making an oral rehydration solution using salt, sugar and water
are being widely distributed by the Ministry of Public Health
and other organizations in Haiti.
Half (1/2) teaspoon of Salt and Six (6) teaspoons of Sugar should be dissolved in 1 Litre of water. (Not 1 Gallon of water as the poster says) For further clarification, please see: http://factsforlifeglobal.org/07/5.html
The following actions need to be taken immediately:
1. The current posters need to be withdrawn and replaced.
2. A communications campaign to inform everybody locally that the old poster had incorrect information and they should use 1 Litre and not 1 Gallon.
Your help is requested to inform everybody in Haiti of the correct way to make this life-saving solution.
Seeking information about relatives in Haiti: +1 (888) 407-4747 Red Cross Missing Persons
Contact list Haiti earthquake
Organizations and responsible people working on the ground with e-mail addresses and mobile telephone numbers. If you aren't a registered user with OneResponse, click on cancel in the pop-up window asking for your login id.
UNICEF: A Haiti fit for children
Call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Food Programme (WFP) have released an important joint statement calling for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding during the Haiti emergency to prevent malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality among children. The message emphasizes the following points:
Summary: UNICEF, WHO, and WFP call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti and caution about unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of breast-milk substitutes.
Download the statement Please share this information with colleagues working on relief efforts for Haiti.
UNICEF: First-person account: Young Haitian earthquake survivor dreams of normalcy
Download Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Instruction Guides in English and Creole
Thanks to Charles R. Staubs, D.O. and Jean Michelet
Guidelines are available in French and Spanish as well as English
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Clinical guidelines - 2010
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Management of epidemic meningogoccal meningitis - 2008
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Obstetrics in remote settings - 2007
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MUST protocols (Medical Update SMS Tsunami) Introduction
Local health workers, volunteers and the local community should be provided with the best possible means of prevention and treatment in case of a national disaster. Up to date prevention and treatment protocols will be provided on this website. Documents are served as PDF files. The MUST protocols have been used during the Tsunami, the earthquake in Padang (Sumatra) and now in Haiti.
The Haiti Relief Toolkit is a one-stop source for technical and practical information that will help health workers respond to the earthquake relief efforts underway in Haiti. The toolkit covers the vital sectors in emergencies, including health, water and sanitation, food security, and shelter. It also covers key field activities supporting the operations, such as logistics. Haitian Creole edition of Where There is No Doctor - pdf 23Mb.
Haitian Creole edition of Where Women Have No Doctor - pdf 8.8Mb.
Haitian Creole edition of Sanitation and Cleanliness booklet - pdf 3Mb.
Cholera fact sheet in English - pdf
Other health materials in English and Spanish can be downloaded here
APHA - American Public Health Association
Public Health Emergency: Haiti Earthquake Response Is Urgent
CDC has updated several fact sheets that provide information health care providers and responders can utilize before, during and after an earthquake.
- Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response
- Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals
- After an Earthquake: Management of Crush Injuries & Crush Syndrome
CDC's Earthquake Web page includes many other resources for responders.
Additional earthquake resources for clinicians from CDC include the following.
- Health Recommendations for Relief Workers Responding to Disasters
- Public Health Issues and Priorities for the Haiti Earthquake
- Travel Health Warning
- CDC Emergency Twitter account
- Haiti Disaster Volunteering
APHA is providing free access to its Public Health Management of Disasters: The Pocket Guide here as a resource.
Risk Management, Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Management Communication and Media materials:
Global Home Page English - América Latina Spanish - Risk Management (Gestión del Riesgo) Theme Site Spanish
US National Library of Medicine - Disaster Information Management Research Center
You can reach the list moderator at DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIBfirstname.lastname@example.org Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness at NYAM in partnership with NLM Management of Dead Bodies After Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders - pdf
Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for Haiti earthquake
All countries in Latin America and the Caribbean can access The Cochrane Library for free via the Virtual Health Library BIREME interface (in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
Prevention of waterborne infections
- Distal radius – fixation method, anaesthesia, bone grafts and substitutes, conservative interventions, fixation method, percutaneous pinning, in children
- Humeral fracture – proximal fracture, shaft fracture
- Tibial fracture – ultrasound for healing
- Rib – epidural analgesia
- Hip and femoral shaft – nails, pins, plates, and screws, in children
- Lower extremity long bone – reamed versus nonreamed intramedullary nailing, with concomitant vascular injury
- General fracture – calcium phosphate bone cement, resting injured limbs, antibiotics in open limb fractures
- Children – sedation and analgesia, femoral shaft fractures, wrist fractures
- Fluid resuscitation – colloids versus crystalloids
- Brain injury – corticosteroids, hypothermia, mannitol, psychological treatment for anxiety
- Spinal cord injury – steroids, gangliosides
- Minimizing peri-operative allogenic blood transfusion – anti-fibrinolytics, cell salvage, desmopressin, fibrin sealant
- Prevention of bleeding – recombinant factor VIIa
- Transfusion thresholds and other strategies
Comprehensive List of Key Organizations Taking Donations for HAITI Child Health Foundation - Haiti Action Network, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, Project Medishare, Doctors Without Borders, Catholic Relief Services, Lamp for Haiti, Partners in Health - Grassroots International, Earthquake Relief Fund for Haiti .... More places to give here - Independent evaluations: CharityNavigator.
Donate to a cause on Facebook
Doctors Without Borders | Friends of the World Food Program | International Rescue Committee
Give a Haiti relief charity gift to a Facebook friend.
Water for Haiti from Oxfam | Light a Candle for Haiti from UNICEF | Food for Haiti from CARE | Shelter for Haiti from the American Red Cross | Survival Kit from World Vision | Visit the Facebook Charity Gift Shop
The following organizations have solicited volunteers either for acute emergencies or for long-term commitments. However, the American Medical Association (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/haiti-earthquake-response.shtml) warns that the spontaneous volunteer has no place in a disaster response. Volunteers must be part of the solution -- not the problem. The AMA is planning to develop a clearing house for appropriate volunteering.
- Project Hope
- Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA)
- International Medical Corps
- Community Coalition for Haiti
- Beyond Borders
- Mercy Ships
Stay Up-to-Date on Current Information
The following are key organizations focusing on the health impact of the earthquake in Haiti
- Doctors Without Borders Sending Personnel, Inflatable Hospitals - Learn more
- HealthMap is providing a focused view of the latest health-related news from this area
- American Medical Association Has produced a webinar for medical public health responders.
- Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) A key resource for public inquiries on information and donations for major disasters
- Pan American Health Organization Provides ongoing situation reports and guidelines for response to earthquakes
- Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) A key international medical humanitarian organization providing on-the-ground information in Haiti
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Provides current information and general fact sheets on disaster assistance for clinicians
- InterAction Members Respond to the Earthquake in Haiti
- News Aggregation
Spaces to Discuss and Debate
Check Your Association for More Ways to Become Involved
The following professional organizations have initiated efforts for helping the people of Haiti. It is by no means a comprehensive list. Please continue to check your own association for current information if it is not listed here.
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
- American College of Emergency Physicians
- American College of Physicians
- American College of Surgeons
- American Nurses Association
- Society of Critical Care Medicine
updated: 4 July, 2014