The Republic of Haiti is a small Caribbean nation that faces significant political, economic and humanitarian challenges. The country is frequently plagued by natural disasters and is ill-equipped to deal with their aftermath, often leaving many people without ready access to electricity, water, sanitation or health care.
International Medical Corps has been working in Haiti since 2010, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation. Our teams immediately provided a broad range of lifesaving services, including mobile medical units and water, sanitation and hygiene activities. We were one of the very first organizations to respond to an unprecedented cholera outbreak in Artibonite in the north (where the initial cases developed) that year. In October 2016, when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, we once again provided emergency relief and medical care. We quickly initiated cholera treatment and prevention activities and participated in the largest-ever emergency cholera vaccination campaign in history.
On August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Tiburon Peninsula in Haiti, a little more than 90 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, killing 2,200 people and injuring more than 12,000. International Medical Corps deployed our Fixed Type 1 EMT in response. Through the facility, we were able to provide medical care to thousands of people, mental health and gender-based violence support to many more, and supply local healthcare providers with medicines and equipment.