Some encouraging news between the many sad stories

by Simone Winneg/Ruth Bücker,  2010/01/20

Again, coordinator Simone Winneg (Kaufbeuren) sent us a report from the disaster area: „Something positive between the great suffering and many shocking news.”

Patients whose injuries are healing well give the humedica aid workers encouragement and strength to continue their intense work of helping. Foto: humedica/Simone Winneg

„Little Sulvana is one and a half years old and is recovering from a fracture of the femural neck in our hospital. She is doing much better and is able to laugh and sing again. To see her and see how well she is doing gives us hope and motivation.

A wonderful donation was made to our hospital today: On Saturday we had got to know some representatives of World Vision of the Dominican Republic and had shown them our work and the challenges we’re facing in the current situation. After that, they were extremely eager to help us.

Equipped with a list written by our health professionals, they set off for their home country only to return one day later with a fully-loaded SUV.

They brought us bandages, pads, infusions, plaster and wool, syringes, medication, but also very special material like surgical instruments, bedpans, splints and generic patient care supplies for the after-care of the serious fractures and injuries we encounter each day.

Patients are accommodated outside, since there is not enough room for their treatment and care inside the building. Foto: humedica/Simone Winneg

It is good to see that the international aid efforts are carried out hand in hand, that many organizations are willing to help people and cooperate with each other instead of just doing their own thing.

We’re waiting with great anticipation for the arrival of the next, bigger team. Again, systems are being pushed to their limits: many people, organizations and supplies are trying to cross the border via the land route from the Dominican Republic and therefore, all access roads to Haiti are congested –hour long waiting times and traffic queues are the consequences.

Such reports are reaching us from everywhere and apparently, our team has also been caught in the congestion. In any case, we’re waiting on pins and needles for the new team that will increase our capacities.

We’re all very happy to have the possibility to do what we’re doing. We’re happy to be able to work with humedica and enjoying the support of such a great, committed team at the headquarters.

All the best and kind regards,
Simone and the whole humedica team in Haiti

Please continue to help humedica carry out all aid measures planned by making a specific donation to the following account:
       humedica e. V.
       Reference „Earthquake Haiti"
       Account 47 47
       Bank code 734 500 00
       Sparkasse Kaufbeuren


Exhausted, yet still full of courage and motivation: Dr. Irmgard Harms and Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernd Domres. Foto: humedica/Simone Winneg

The humedica relief efforts in Haiti are carried out in close cooperation with Kindernothilfe (Duisburg), World Vision (Friedrichsdorf) and Bild hilft - Ein Herz für Kinder (Hamburg). Moreover, we are receiving support from AIR BERLIN GROUP (Berlin), GAiN Germany e. V. (Gießen), hoffnungszeichen e. V. (Singen), Apotheker ohne Grenzen Deutschland e.V. and Apotheker helfen e. V. - Hilfswerk der bayerischen Apotheker (Munich). Again, at this point, humedica would like to say thanks for any kind of support and the excellent cooperation.

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

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