HHI Responds to Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew pounded Haiti with 145 mph winds and 50 ft. waves. The devastation and injuries are significant, and Heart to Heart International is already responding on the south coast of Haiti where the storm was most intense. Our Haitian medical teams are already there providing help to those injured.

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Haitians greet one of our medical teams as they arrive! Watch the video, here!

The storm’s tidal surge flooded coastal towns and destroyed homes. 546 deaths & 438 injured as a result of the hurricane.

Our U.S. disaster response team is in Haiti and will provide more urgently needed medical support to the hardest hit areas.

FloodedPictureHHI needs your financial support to mount this response. We’ve sent 6 teams of 8 – 10 doctors, PA’s, NP’s, nurses, EMT’s, paramedics, and social workers in by helicopter since many roads and bridges are impassible. We have helped over 9,000 patients as of October. Our medical teams are bringing the most injured out to hospitals where they can receive lifesaving care. But this is expensive and we need our donors to help us in this response.

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Tragically, cholera has broken out, and our teams are seeing more and more cholera patients each day.

100% of designated donations (this includes associated overhead expenses) will go to this particular crisis

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Emergency Response: Hurricane Matthew – Haiti Recovery

It has now been over a month since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti. We have moved from disaster response mode to recovery. Over 10,000 patients have been treated for injury, sickness, and various other medical needs. Thirty pallets of medicines, medical supplies, and hygiene kits were shipped in by FedEx and are now being distributed. The shipment is helping aid Haitians and improving the health situation. Contaminated drinking water is the number one health concern. Cholera and other acute diarrheal diseases are the biggest threat post-disaster, putting the lives of thousands of children and the elderly in danger.

Cholera Treatment Unit – Marfranc, Haiti

The cholera treatment unit was damaged in the storm and we have it rebuilt.  Besides patching up the roof, most of the items inside need to be replaced to make it a functioning center. We are also restoring the medical clinic that was totally destroyed in the hurricane.

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Haitians waiting to see doctors & to get medicine in Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti.

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Dr. Gary Morsch, founder of HHI, directs first responders in Haiti. 

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 Stories

October 22, 2016 
By: Jim Mitchum

 

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HHI-Haiti has been assigned to Marfranc by MSPP (the MOH) to repair and operate a Cholera Treatment Unit and a Primary Care Clinic. Both facilities were damaged during the hurricane, and we have already sent a repair crew to work on the CTU. After it is repaired, we will hire a Haitian team to run the CTU…expected to take 23 people to run it. Those will be local Haitian docs and nurses (nurses primarily).

The clinic building, more heavily damaged, will take more time and money to return to working order.  In the meantime, we are operating a mobile clinic in Marfranc with a Haitian medical team and will be holding mobile clinics around that commune (23,000 people). The duration of our assignment is 3 months but could be extended.

October 20th, 2016

 By: John Caron

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I’m posting this on my way home from 35,000 feet. What a strange world we find ourselves in where this is possible. Just two days ago our team was running a clinic out of a rustic schoolhouse in a remote area of Haiti only accessible by SUV. Equally strange is that at this time tomorrow I will be working in a modern emergency department back in the U.S. What a glaring disparity in resources and privilege.

Our group’s final days in Haiti were very busy. We split into two small teams before being dispatched to separate and remote locations. The team I was with set up clinic in a schoolhouse in the village of Leon. On our final day we treated around 60 patients.

The last few days in Haiti were a little hectic at times with more challenging cases as we gained access to areas with little or no previous access to healthcare. We came upon diseases which, as a result of easy access to care and immunizations, are rarely seen in the U.S. A patient with tetanus who we were able to start care for before transporting him in the back of our SUV to the hospital in Jeremie. A woman with elephantiasis who we fortunately had appropriate medications to treat. So many others with varying problems, acute and chronic, that hopefully our presence helped.

The people who call Haiti home are amazing.

Resilient in the face of adversity while still maintaining a willingness to smile and laugh. Some of our patients walked as much as five hours to be seen in our clinic. I am humbled by their spirit, resourcefulness and tenacity.

I am honored and grateful to have found myself with an amazing team of nurses, doctors and paramedics. We lived, ate, traveled and worked together in some very challenging and often uncomfortable conditions. Not only did we all get along but we came away as friends. I would deploy again with any member of this team in a heartbeat.

Thank you to Heart to Heart International for making this deployment a reality and making it possible to provide the care we did. An undertaking like this is challenging when you have several weeks to prepare and plan. They pulled it together and put us on the ground in Haiti in a couple of days!

October 17th, 2016

By: Sue Mangicaro

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The HHI medical team is working in Marfranc at the local police station and a church.

They have transported two patients to downtown Jeremie for further medical care, including a cholera patient and a patient with very severe tetanus.

Our staff transportation vehicle also serves as a makeshift ambulance. Even after a week, we are still seeing many injured by Hurricane Matthew.

October 14th, 2016
By: Community Health Workers

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“Marie, a 22-year-old mother of three, lives in small community and had her house was totally destroyed. Marie had extremely bad pain in her chest, and unable to feed her sons & herself, was losing hope. Her twin sons were also suffering from illness. Kore Fanmi community health workers found Marie right before Hurricane Matthew hit. The community workers took her to a medical clinic, where she received care for herself & babies. Everyone is recovering now and doing fine. Special thanks to the Kore Fanmi team! Bring Hope to Haiti!”

Kore Fanmi is a network of multidisciplinary agents that is considered by many experts to be the closest network to the families, helping them to regain their self-esteem, and reestablishing the social pact between services providers, Haitian Government and the communities

“Kore Fanmi” (meaning family support) is a UNICEF and Heart to Heart International joint project in the Sud-Est.


 

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HHI Responding to Louisiana Floods

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Heart to Heart International has been busy shipping essential product and supplies to Louisiana, including our Hygiene Kits, thanks to your support.

Following reports from our Disaster Response Team, volunteer groups have been building Hygiene Kits at The Hub to help ease the stress & strain on residents. Torrential downpours across the state displaced 12,000 men, woman and children.  This is the largest disaster in 100 years for the state of Louisiana.

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100% of your donation supports this response. 

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Testimonials

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In the 25 years Laura and Dale have lived in their Central, Louisiana home, they had never experienced flooding like this. During Hurricane Katrina, they lost their roof and had flood waters up to their front stoop, but, otherwise, their house remained intact and their possessions undamaged. This year, Laura and Dale were not spared. The massive rainfall and flooding of the past few weeks showed them no mercy. Water flowed into their one­-story home, devastating everything in its path, and forcing the couple out. Staying in a shelter at night, Laura and Dale have begun the long cleanup process. While sorting through and emptying their home of the 25 years of accumulated possessions and memories, the couple is also battling the characteristic late summer heat and humidity of Louisiana.

Heart to Heart volunteers met Laura and Dale while delivering cleaning supplies, water and HHI­ provided care kits to them and other countless families like them throughout Louisiana. The Hygiene Kits provide much­ needed hygiene items, including toothbrushes, washcloths and soap to those affected by the floods. With bathtubs, sinks, and the entirety of people’s daily essentials ruined by the flood waters, the care kits are much needed and much appreciated. Having the ability to clean themselves allows people a sense of normalcy and optimism in the midst of cleaning up the devastation of their homes.

Laura and Dale are planning to repair and return to their home. They are attempting to salvage anything they possibly can, but the damage from more than 4 feet of water inside their house is staggering. However, for Laura and Dale, like many others, walking away from their home is not an option. They will continue sorting, working, and cleaning. Heart to Heart will continue providing help, supplies, and care kits to them and others like them. You see, walking away is simply not an option for us, either.

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Settled dirt on many cars showing the stark reality of how high the water was just a week ago.

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This is Alice, a strong willed women who made it out of the LA floods, but her home did not.  Below is a look into her neighborhood and what they have lost as a community in central Louisiana.

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 Sadly, this is just one of the towns out of many that were affected by flood waters and horrible damage.

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Convoy of Hope hands out Hygiene Kits in Baton Rouge, LA.

 


 

Thank You to these Valued Partners

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Thank You PowrServ Hygiene Kit Groups

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

College Church of the Nazarene – Olathe, KS

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A.L. Huber General Contractor

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Media & News

KMBC came out to The Hub yesterday to document DEMDACO’s Hygiene Kit build!

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Texas Floods Spur Emergency Response

Severe weather and torrential rains have caused major flooding across Texas – killing more than a dozen people, stranding thousands of drivers and forcing many to flee their flooded homes in cities across the state.

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Heart to Heart International is responding to help.  A shipment of hundreds of emergency hygiene kits has been readied by our operations staff and will soon depart our Operations Hub bound for Austin, Texas.

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The hygiene kits are assembled by our volunteers and are part of a wider sponsorship by corporate partner Johnson & Johnson to help us deliver aid, comfort and hygiene.  This shipment of hygiene kits will be sent to our friends at Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin for distribution to those affected by the flooding in the state’s capital city.

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Sharing Hearts, Building Care Kits

On Valentine’s Day 2015, about 1,400 people pitched in to build 10,000 Heart to Heart Care Kits over the course of six hours using assembly line precision.

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The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas has been a strong supporter of Heart to Heart International’s programs, especially in Haiti, and during its Share Your Heart event on Valentine’s Day, took on a massive one-time Care Kit build.  Not only did they build 10K kits, the church community donated all of the materials to make them!

Scroll to see pictures and see even more by visiting our Flickr album of the event.

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See more pics by visiting our Flickr page.

 

 

More Aid for The Philippines

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The Philippines have been getting hammered this storm season with more than two dozen tropical storm systems, including four cyclones, of which the latest – Super Typhoon Haiyan – may be the biggest and strongest storm recorded on earth.

For the past several months, Heart to Heart International has shipped aid, medicine and supplies to partners in the Philippines, like Hope Worldwide & Convoy of Hope, who then distribute the aid where needed.  Of course, our friends on the ground asked for more assistance even before Haiyan made landfall.  Rest assured – more aid is on the way!

J&J Hygiene KitsInside our Global Distribution Center, relief supplies are prepped for shipping.  Pallets of Heart to Heart Care Kits, along with J&J Hygiene Kits are stacked ready for to go.

Also, volunteers have been busy building more of our Care Kits that will help resupply our dwindling stock.  On the same day Haiyan struck the Philippines, a group of volunteers from Sanofi were at the GDC busy building hundreds of our Care Kits.

We’re very grateful for volunteers like the folks above for helping us to not just be prepared, but to help HHI respond to those in need – like the folks suffering in the Philippines from yet another massive storm.

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