Earthquake Response

HEI/SBH are urgently responding to the earthquake. Support our efforts here. Media inquiries contact Katie Wallace at kwallace@haitihealth.org.

Earthquake Relief Update August 22

August 22, 2021

One week since the earthquake, Health Equity International/St. Boniface Hospital (HEI/SBH) has been working 24/7 to care for dozens of survivors, treat hundreds of patients needing routine services, and support hospitals throughout the earthquake-affected region.

Our surgical team, enhanced with specialized orthopedic and trauma surgeons from the Haitian Ministry of Health and Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante, has conducted dozens of procedures on survivors of all ages. Thanks to their work, patients like Widley and Evena are safe, cared for, and on the long road to recovery.

Patients with traumatic injuries often need multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitative care. Our skilled physical therapists at our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center are ready to provide the long-term care they need to thrive. This facility, which we built to care for survivors of the 2010 earthquake at the request of the US government, is the only facility of its kind in Haiti. HEI/SBH will be there for every survivor, every step of the way, for however long they need care.

Two surgeons take a patient into an operating room. The surgeons lead a hospital bed down the hall. They both wear blue scrubs, a medical mask, and green hair nets.

Surgeons lead a patient into an operating room.

A young boy lies in a hospital bed with a leg injury. He is covered by an orange and white blanket. His right leg is wrapped in a bandage below the knee.

A young earthquake survivor receives care for a broken leg in our emergency room.

Our community health team is preparing to begin mobile clinics for communities in the most remote areas hit hardest by the earthquake. There, they will provide immediate aid to survivors and will transport patients who need urgent care to SBH.

Our team will also continue to deliver critical medications and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the earthquake zone. Many healthcare facilities in the region were destroyed in the quake, and the remaining facilities have become overwhelmed with patients. Because HEI/SBH is the only facility in the region with the capacity to care for such a high volume of patients, we are absorbing the overflow and alleviating the burden of care on these facilities. 

Finally, SBH continues to see hundreds of patients each day in our routine services. We are now the main maternal health referral center for the earthquake-affected region and have performed a staggering 104 deliveries and 32 Caesarian sections in the week since the disaster. Our heroic staff is working around the clock to ensure every patient is seen, whether they are a survivor needing urgent care or a mother who needs a safe place to give birth. 

HEI/SBH remains deeply grateful to our national and international partners for supporting our efforts, including the Haitian Ministry of HealthPartners in Health/Zanmi LasanteDirect Relief InternationalBuild Health International, Haiti Air Ambulance, and many others. We are also grateful to our generous donors from around the world, whose support makes all of our work possible. 

To support our ongoing relief efforts, make a donation here.

A helicopter helps to transport an earthquake survivor to St. Boniface Hospital. The red, white, and blue helicopter sits in a green field. Two aid workers wearing tan jumpsuits kneel next to the helicopter and tend to a patient.

Many earthquake survivors are being airlifted to St. Boniface Hospital for care.