Haiti: Children's response to a country in need

airportAs aid and relief workers begin to flow into Haiti, Children’s Hospital Boston is sending its own disaster response team to the devastated country. On Tuesday, an earthquake hit 16 miles from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, affecting as many as 3 million people, with as many as 100,000 deaths likely, according to the International Red Cross.

From Children’s, Shannon Manzi, Emergency Department pharmacist, David Mooney, MD, MPH, director of Trauma Program and Gary Fleisher, MD, Children’s pediatrician-in-chief are currently en-route to Haiti. The photo (above) was taken by Manzi at 3 a.m. this morning as the team waited to hear when and where they would be deployed.

Manzi is providing updates via email when she can. This afternoon she wrote:

Everyone is loaded on 2 buses and awaiting transport to the airport. No one has had more than 1 hour of sleep since leaving yesterday afternoon and there is no sign of any sleep time soon. We are being met on the ground in Haiti by the Marines and will get our orders from there.

Lots of safety briefings about infectious diseases such as malaria, TB, and HIV which is endemic. We will all have to be extraordinary careful as there will be no sharps removal systems, etc.

planeHere’s an update from David Mooney, also traveling with Manzi (their plane is shown right, photographed less than an hour ago).

We’re about to take off to Haiti.  I’ve taken my malaria med and re-upped my tetanus just in case. We’ll be the first US medical team in and expect to get there before our medical supplies.  The chaos in the streets is scary, but we’ve got to get there before it’s too late.

We’re told there are lots of soldiers at the airport and our plan is to camp out there tonight. It’s really exciting and pretty scary.  We have to carry with us everything that we need, including food and water and have to assume that our bags down below won’t make it.  All of their systems are reported to be out.  When the stuff arrives we can self-sustain for 3 weeks, but will be a bit pinched until then.

We hope we can control the flow of humanity that we expect to flock to our site. It hurts to see the hurt kids on TV and not already be there.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about the mission.

45 thoughts on “Haiti: Children's response to a country in need

  1. Thank you all so much for helping my country during these devastating times. I am so glad to be working with such amazing people. I will be praying for your safe journey and return. Be blessed.

  2. Thank you all so much for helping my country during these devastating times. I am so glad to be working with such amazing people. I will be praying for your safe journey and return. Be blessed.

  3. Safe travels there and back. Thank you for your generosity in willing to help. Be safe.

  4. Safe travels there and back. Thank you for your generosity in willing to help. Be safe.

  5. We’re proud of you, know that you’re making a difference just by going. Come home safely!

  6. We're proud of you, know that you're making a difference just by going. Come home safely!

  7. thank you for what you are doing for these children.. prayers prayers and more prayers

  8. thank you for what you are doing for these children.. prayers prayers and more prayers

  9. Thank you so much for going when other physicians cannot at this time! Our pediatrician recently returned from Haiti and is so torn right now! He desperately wants to go there, but work, home and other commitments prevents his return. I grieve for the people there who need medical care. I also grieve for those who cannot go and want to help. Thank you Children’s Hospital of Boston for sending teams now.

  10. Thank you so much for going when other physicians cannot at this time! Our pediatrician recently returned from Haiti and is so torn right now! He desperately wants to go there, but work, home and other commitments prevents his return. I grieve for the people there who need medical care. I also grieve for those who cannot go and want to help. Thank you Children's Hospital of Boston for sending teams now.

  11. Thank you childrens hospital and all staff for your effort to go in Haiti to help my family. my friends, God bless you

    YVes St Pierre, Medical assistant at childrens Hospital

  12. Thank you childrens hospital and all staff for your effort to go in Haiti to help my family. my friends, God bless you

    YVes St Pierre, Medical assistant at childrens Hospital

  13. I am proud to be an employee of CH may GOD BLESS our team and keep them safe in their travels to and from Haiti.

  14. I am proud to be an employee of CH may GOD BLESS our team and keep them safe in their travels to and from Haiti.

  15. One million “thank yous” won’t be enough for everything you’re doing. I’m so honored to be part of this amazing hospital. My prayers go to you, come home safely.

  16. One million “thank yous” won't be enough for everything you're doing. I'm so honored to be part of this amazing hospital. My prayers go to you, come home safely.

  17. I commend everyone on this journey of rescue. May god be with you as you help what is left of haiti. I am certain that haiti will deeply appreciated. God bless.

  18. I commend everyone on this journey of rescue. May god be with you as you help what is left of haiti. I am certain that haiti will deeply appreciated. God bless.

  19. What a great place we work at! Stay safe and know how much courage you have to do the right thing and be there to help.

    Thank you!

  20. What a great place we work at! Stay safe and know how much courage you have to do the right thing and be there to help.
    Thank you!

  21. God bless all of you and the people of Haiti! One from our family has been blessed by being in your care and I know those lives you will touch will be as well. Be safe!

  22. God bless all of you and the people of Haiti! One from our family has been blessed by being in your care and I know those lives you will touch will be as well. Be safe!

  23. I’ve felt so useless the past few days–feeling like giving money isn’t enough that I should be there to help. But knowing that I work at a place that can do so much to help alleviates some of those feelings. To everyone who’s risking their well-being to help, thank you. We’re all there with you in spirit.

  24. I've felt so useless the past few days–feeling like giving money isn't enough that I should be there to help. But knowing that I work at a place that can do so much to help alleviates some of those feelings. To everyone who's risking their well-being to help, thank you. We're all there with you in spirit.

  25. You are amazing people and wonderful doctors. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts with those in need. You saved my daughter when she was born with EA/TEF in March 2009. We are praying for the injured children in Haiti and for your safety. God Bless you all!

  26. You are amazing people and wonderful doctors. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts with those in need. You saved my daughter when she was born with EA/TEF in March 2009. We are praying for the injured children in Haiti and for your safety. God Bless you all!

  27. You are amazing people and wonderful doctors. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts with those in need. You saved my daughter when she was born with EA/TEF in March 2009. We are praying for the injured children in Haiti and for your safety. God Bless you all!

  28. Do they need non-medical staff volunteers? I work at Methuen City Hall in the Veteran’s Dept. and would like to know what I can do to help?

  29. Do they need non-medical staff volunteers? I work at Methuen City Hall in the Veteran's Dept. and would like to know what I can do to help?

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