Immediately following the earthquake, International Medical Corps set up an initial base of operations at the Hopital de Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (HUEH), the largest hospital in Port-au-Prince, where volunteer doctors and nurses fought around the clock to save lives and heal the injured. More than 16,000 people received care through our work at HUEH. At the peak, our volunteer doctors and nurses saw as many as 1,000 patients a day and trained Haitian counterparts.
Within two weeks, we established 13 primary health clinics in displacement camps and earthquake-affected areas throughout Haiti. We mobilized 408 medical volunteers across the United States, including emergency room, intensive care, and pediatric doctors and nurses as well as mental health experts and infectious disease specialists. We trained Haitians during the emergency in order to start building capacity for the long-term. Our logistics and in-kind donation partners helped provide critical medicines, supplies, and equipment. We quickly established a logistics base in the Dominican Republic, procured supplies locally, and worked with partners who had supplies pre-positioned in warehouses in Haiti.
When cholera broke out 9 months after the quake, International Medical Corps immediately dispatched medical teams to the affected region, treating thousands of patients through a network of cholera treatment centers and clinics, and educating more than 11,600 others on cholera prevention.