Just five years after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016, Haiti was hit by another catastrophe: a quake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale shook the country, killing more than 2,000 people and injuring over 12,000.
The Joint, with logistical support from the Afya Foundation, is sending medical equipment to hospitals in the disaster zone, such as surgical instruments, IV kits, gloves, masks and clean linens. We also established a medical clinic staffed by local professionals that is serving hundreds of survivors, and we’re exploring ways to assist the growing needs of the homeless. The goal is to mitigate the suffering and help the people of Haiti recover and build a better future.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Haiti,” said Avital Sandler-Loeff, Executive Director for International Development and Disaster Response. “As we have done in the past, we quickly mobilized and rushed aid to the disaster area. The Joint stands with the people of Haiti in their hour of need.”