On August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Tiburon Peninsula in Haiti, a little more than 90 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. More than 2,200 people have died as a result of the quake, more than 12,000 have been injured and over 650,000 people were left in need of emergency humanitarian assistance, making this the island nation's worst natural disaster since the 2010 earthquake that struck its capital city.
Many thousands have been left homeless, and political unrest, ongoing violence and insecurity on the island have further complicated the humanitarian response. The country's health system, already fragile and overstretched as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic, has been overwhelmed by the disaster, which has created extensive need as many local health facilities were destroyed or damaged.
At the request of USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Haitian Ministry of Health, International Medical Corps deployed its Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Type 1 Fixed medical facility to the country. The medical facility is seeing to an average of 100 patients per day and is staffed by medical, logistical, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) specialists, as well as staff hired locally.
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