humedica supports the establishment of a hospital in St. Marc

by Karin Uckrow,  2010/06/16

St. Marc is a town located about 90 kilometres north of Port-au-Prince and it has not been hit by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. But nevertheless this small town with about 200,000 inhabitants has been directly affected by the consequences of the disaster. According to estimates, about 30,000 people have fled from Port-au-Prince to St. Marc immediately after the earthquake in order to receive medical treatment, accommodation and provisions there.

Before refurbishing and cleaning, the building hardly looked like a functioning hospital. Photo: humedica/Susanne Merkel

Since Haiti’s entire health system had already been developed only insufficiently before the earthquake and there had been a lack of doctors, drugs and medical devices, the hospitals of St. Marc soon became completely crowded.

Jeunesse en Mission (JEM) Haiti is a partner organisation of humedica and has been active in St. Marc for more than 20 years. After the disaster, also JEM Haiti has made it their task to provide for those affected by the earthquake. At first they provided food and emergency accommodation and soon they also offered basic medical care to the victims of the earthquake.

Shortly after the earthquake, the town administration has provided JEM with a building which had not been used for years. By means of a large number of voluntary assistants the building has been cleaned of dirt and waste and refurbished completely, in order for medical teams to be able to provide first medical aid to injured people.

Jeunesse en Mission is an international initiative of young Christians who commit themselves to missionary and community work on a global level. In cooperation with the town administration, JEM Haiti has carried through many projects in the field of social work and development policy over the years. And JEM had for a long time planned to establish a hospital for basic medical care.

Due to the circumstances, this plan could be realised faster than they had thought. About 80 patients per day are now treated and supplied with drugs at the provisional hospital building. The medical team consists of voluntary workers as well as of local staff. Drugs are mainly obtained by means of donations from overseas.

In the meantime the hospital is used again and the building serves its original purpose: to help those suffering from diseases or injuries. Photo: humedica/Karin Uckrow

Up to now, JEM has been able to carry through the complete renovation and maintenance works by means of voluntary and local assistants. However, in order to ensure the operation of the hospital in the long run and to achieve good standards regarding the nursing of patients, some large acquisitions and construction measures are necessary. At this point we would also like to express our thanks to our Swedish partner organisation Skandinaviska Barnmissionen for their generous support regarding this project.

These measures include the installation of further sanitary facilities, an effective sewing system and the improvement of electricity supply. Part of these necessary measures will be financed by humedica. We would also like to ask you to support this project.
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Earthquake Haiti"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Please also donate online for establishing the hospital in St. Marc and for ensuring its operation or support our work by means of a text message:
send DOC to the abbreviated dialling +49 8 11 90 and support us with a one-time donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica project work. Thank you very much.

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