Update on Medical Professionals Traveling to Haiti
Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2010
MADRE continues to respond to the cataclysmic earthquake that struck Haiti this week on Tuesday January 12.
MADRE is partnering with Circle of Health International (COHI) to send a team of midwives, women’s health providers and public health professionals in the coming weeks. First, an initial assessment team will pave the way, traveling to Haiti next week to identify and begin to address women’s health needs. These health providers are well-qualified to address the particular needs of women in disaster situations, such as emergency provisions for maternal health.
This group of medical professionals will be uniquely positioned to address the particular vulnerabilities that women face after such a disaster. Women are often hardest hit when disaster strikes because they were at a disadvantage even before the catastrophe, making up a disproportionate percentage of the poor. In the wake of disasters, women are also most exposed to violence, homelessness and hunger.
We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information.