Humanity First Disaster Response Team Returns from Haiti
February 4, 2010
After a massive 7.0 earthquake shook the core of Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince on January 12th, the survivors have been struggling to keep it together. The abysmal hunger and urgent need for medical relief has raised the mortality rate to over 200,000 and still counting.
A Humanity First Disaster Relief Team (HFDR) is returning this weekend after treating over 2,000 patients at Humanity First Medical Camps in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, and Da Da Duo. Cases ranged from major chronic conditions to fractures and trauma. Everyday, Humanity First volunteers are taking major health and security risks to save lives.
The volunteers are returning as per the following schedule:
Saturday, February 6th, at 3:45 PM CST at Little Rock National Airport:
Dr. Iftikhar Ali, M.D., specialized in ER Medicine, Dr. Phillip Snodgrass M.D., ER Medicine, and 2 RNs, Kyle B. Rhone and Michael Simpson (work at Veterans Administration Hospital)
Saturday, February 6th, at 4:55 PM CST at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:
Alicia Roberson, RN (works at Breckenridge Hospital)
Sunday, February 7th, at 3:05 PM PST at Los Angeles International Airport:
Dr. Andrea Seiffertt, M.D., specialized in Internal Medicine
Humanity First teams are working hard on the ground and behind the scenes to find a way to bring things back to the way they were before the natural disaster wiped out everything. Treating thousands of cases ranging from infections to major wounds, the team worked tirelessly to relieve the pain for many. At the end of the day, Dr. Ali states “we are exhausted yet very satisfied that we made a little difference.”
Humanity First USA is also appealing for donations for the relief work. You may donate online by going to http://usa.humanityfirst.org or by mailing a check to Humanity First USA at the following address:
Humanity First USA
Humanity First, USA, a 501(c) 3- registered nonprofit organization (EIN# 20-0464012), was established to restore disaster-stricken and under-developed and vulnerable communities around the globe. Humanity First is a leading non-profit relief organization whose board of directors, management team, and project staff running the day-to-day operations are all dedicated volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds including business, healthcare, and education sectors. Humanity First has been expanding successfully over the last few years to now being a registered charity in 29 countries worldwide.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.