EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI: humedica cooperates with Kindernothilfe

by SRI,  2010/01/13

It is only slowly that the massive extent of the severe earthquake around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is becoming apparent.
The rare reports received so far from Haiti suggest that the worst quake ever measured in the Caribbean has caused dramatic damage and many casualties.

In order to provide efficient and, at the same time, sustainable aid, the two German organizations Kindernothilfe e. V. (Duisburg) and humedica e. V. (Kaufbeuren) have decided to cooperate.

A realistic assessment of the situation in and around Port-au-Prince has hardly been possible so far; experts fear that there is a high number of casualties under the rubble. Foto: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

In the framework of medical projects, humedica has been able in the past years to provide relief aid in Haiti on a continuous basis. The experience gained there by the medical team and the contacts established thereby, are still of great use. Kindernothilfe runs a permanent office in Port-au-Prince and takes care of about 5000 children altogether through various projects.

Early on Thursday morning, the doctors Dr. Irmgard Harms (Hindelang), Dr. Ulrich Seemann (Hambühren), Dr. Markus Hohlweck (Bonn), Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernd Domres (Tübingen), the nurses Nancy Schmidt (Nesselwang), and Simon Oeckenpöhler (Köln) as well as the two coordinators Simone Winneg (Kaufbeuren) and Dieter Schmidt (Nesselwang) flew to Haiti to deliver immediate aid there. The team is equipped with a so-called medi-kit which makes it possible to provide first treatment to up to 3000 patients.

The rescue team is completed by Kindernothilfe coordinator Ruben Wedel who has a good knowledge of the area and the language. The two organizations will carry out aid projects together and cooperate closely in every respect.

humedica is asking the German population for specific support of the measures planned in the form of donations to the following account:

humedica e. V.
Reference „Earthquake Haiti"
Account 47 47
Bank code 734 500 00
Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

PLEASE ALSO DONATE ONLINE. Thank you very much.

The humedica-relief effort is being supported by hoffnungszeichen e. V. and Apotheker helfen e. V. - Hilfswerk der bayerischen Apotheker (relief organization of Bavarian pharmacists).

Note for representatives of the media: If there is any interest, the medical team will be available for telephone and live-interviews. For further information, please contact humedica-press spokesman Steffen Richter.

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