Daily Archives: January 20, 2010

Lack of information slows efforts to aid quake refugees

CAP HAITIEN, Haiti — The numbers are slippery; information is hard to get a handle on.

According to Justinian Hospital’s medical director, the hospital saw 130 patients through the weekend who were earthquake victims. At the end of Tuesday, he didn’t have solid numbers for Monday or Tuesday.

There were reports that a gymnasium in the city was set up as a shelter for victims. There may be 300 people there. Or 1,500. Or nobody. And it’s unclear who’s in charge – if anyone is.

Amid the confusion, Nate Nickerson is trying to coordinate efforts to get aid – particularly U.S. medical personnel. Nickerson is executive director of Portland-based Konbit Sante, a nonprofit that has been working with partners to improve northern Haiti’s health care system at Justinian Hospital and at a clinic at Fort St. Michel, Cap Haitien’s poorest neighborhood.

Here’s a link to the rest of “Lack of information slows efforts to aid quake refugees” by the Portland Press Herald’s Matt Wickenheiser.

City helps sponsor telethon for Konbit Sante

Here’s a link to “City helps sponsor telethon for Konbit Sante.”

Maine shipwreck hunter eyes Haiti relief

Here’s a link to “Maine shipwreck hunter eyes Haiti relief.”

Portland Press-Herald ‘Reporter’s notebook’ from, about Haiti

Here’s a link to a series of “reporter notebook” items by Portland Press-Herald reporters and photographers covering the earthquake in Haiti. These are the sorts of things that reporters find interesting and jot them down in their notebooks, but often they do not make it into the bigger, overall story.

Here’s a link to the rest of the reporter notebook.

Maine-based efforts, donations help Haitian hospital run more smoothly

 CAP HAITIEN, Haiti — Women and children crowd up to the door of the Justinian Hospital’s pediatric outpatient clinic, waiting to see the health agent, who can help them with basic needs such as vaccinations or checkups.

Inside, a newer power backup system keeps the lights on at night, even during the frequent blackouts. The hospital was able to put away the kerosene lamps it had been using – a serious danger around the oxygen used for patients.

And in a neonatal intensive care unit, family members watch over quiet babies in incubators, as doctors talk to parents of new patients.

“Every bit of equipment in there is from Maine Med,” said Nate Nickerson, executive director of Konbit Sante, a Portland-based nonprofit that has been working for nine years to help improve northern Haiti’s health care system through its work at the Justinian Hospital and a clinic at Fort St. Michel, Cap Haitien’s poorest neighborhood.

Here’s a link to the rest of “Maine-based efforts, donations help Haitian hospital run more smoothly” by the Portland Press Herald’s Matt Wickenheiser.