Thursday, January 21, 2010
Help is Still Needed in Haiti
By now, we would have all heard about the extreme devastation which has taken place in Haiti as a result of the 7.0 scale Earthquake. Entire buildings and towns have been totalled, and hundreds of thousands of lives may have been lost.
Fortunately, we have agencies like the International Medical Corps, which are doing whatever they can in relief efforts right now. As stated in their website:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
For the Haiti crisis, you can view a map showing the extent of the damage as well as the work which IMC is currently doing on various sites here.
Here's a video from CNN's Larry King Live, showing Dr. Liviu Vedrasco, member of International Medical Corps' emergency response team, describing conditions there.
There are several ways you can help:
1) Donate or volunteer
2) Help to spread the word around! You can embed a widget on your blog or website from this URL here.
3) Follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Let's do what we can to help our fellow humans in their moment of greatest need.