For Immediate Release
Health Practitioners Mobilize to Provide Urgent Services
WASHINGTON - Nearly a week after the massive earthquake struck Haiti, the need for
life-saving medical services is overwhelming. Casualty estimates have
risen, now reflecting a death toll of 200,000, and the number of
injured and homeless is in the millions.
MADRE partners are
working day and night to meet the incredible need. MADRE is working
with Partners in Health to support Zanmi Lasante, a community-based
health care project. They have set up field hospitals both inside and
outside of Port-au-Prince, while conducting assessments for expanding
their efforts to address the tremendous need. They have also begun to
perform surgeries to address the many major bone injuries and
infections they have encountered.
Meanwhile, MADRE has also
supported a delegation of midwives and maternal health practitioners,
with four midwives expected to arrive Tuesday January 19. They will
provide invaluable support for women, especially pregnant women and new
mothers, made even more vulnerable by this terrible disaster.
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at www.madre.org.