Earthquake Affects 1.2 Million in Haiti: Here’s How to Help

On August 14, 2021, the people of Haiti endured yet another devastating earthquake, killing at least 2,000 people and leaving more than 12,000 injured. Thousands are now without homes, food, or shelter, and critical infrastructure has been completely destroyed. UNICEF reports around 1.2 million, including 540,000 children, are in need of urgent humanitarian support.

There is limited access to medical services for the thousands of people injured. At least 25 health facilities were affected by the devastating earthquake – four were destroyed and 21 damaged. Emergency health care and primary health services are critically needed at this time.

Humanitarian organizations are working to supply essential food, medical supplies, and shelter in the aftermath of the earthquake. Haitian-led organizations are at the forefront of the humanitarian response. However, damaged infrastructure, the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and Tropical Storm Grace are making it difficult to deliver the critical assistance that is needed.

Support for the people of Haiti is essential during this acute crisis. MedGlobal is coordinating with frontline public hospitals and health centers in Jeremie, Haiti to see how best we can support their emergency medical response. Medical supplies, medications, and equipment are all critical. As we coordinate our response, please consider giving to organizations currently on-the-ground providing emergency relief. Here are resources to get you started: