When the 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in January 2010, International Medical Corps was on-the-ground saving lives within 22 hours. Today we continue to help rebuild the broken health infrastructure through training programs including Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for local health professionals and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health for cholera surveillance, control and prevention. We are also providing cholera treatment and prevention services through mobile medical units (MMUs) in hard-to-reach remote communities in Southern Haiti.
Following Hurricane Sandy, which caused more than 50 deaths in Haiti and left over 200,000 homeless, International Medical Corps added MMUs at our Les Cayes site, one of the hardest hit areas – in just two months we provided nearly 2,500 medical consultations. Our teams also conducted public education sessions for nearly 8,500 people on malaria, water treatment and hygiene, use of bed nets and waste management. We are also working to rehabilitate the Aquin water system to ensure a safe supply and distribute shelter, hygiene and essential supplies to populations affected by Sandy in the South Department.