Thursday, August 19, 2021

Haiti 2010: When Disaster Is Compounded by Chaos & Confusion. August 2021

Haiti 2010: When Disaster Is Compounded by Chaos & Confusion

By Theodore (Ted) Tully

In 2010, Haiti was devastated with a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that exposed vulnerabilities in its healthcare system and other critical infrastructures. U.S. government agencies and numerous NGOs rapidly responded to provide critical resources needed. This lessons-learned report highlighted how New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital accelerated its pre-planning process, the preparation of healthcare volunteers, the procurement of medical supplies and equipment, and the dispatch to Port au Prince of an all-volunteer medical relief team. Similar resources from U.S. organizations have been deployed to assist with the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the same region on 14 August 2021.

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