Saturday, January 30, 2010

Donate or Volunteer for Haiti Relief

Donate or Volunteer for Haiti Relief

Physicians for Human Rights stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti today and every day. We offer our deep concern for the struggling survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and our profound sympathy for the families of the as yet uncounted victims.

You can make a difference for Haiti — take action today:

* If you are a health professional, your special skills are urgently needed to save lives. Consider joining the relief effort in Haiti today. Partners In Health has put out a call for surgeons, nurses, and other health professionals: "send an email to volunteer@pih.org with information on your credentials, language capabilities (Haitian Creole or French desired), availability and contact information."

Partners in Health urgently needs the following:

* Orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, OR nurses, post-op nurses, and surgical technicians. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any volunteers without significant surgical or trauma training and experience. If your qualifications match our needs, please fill out this form. http://standwithhaiti.org/haiti/news-entry/update-on-volunteer-request/

* Orthopedic supplies, surgical consumables (sutures, bandages, non-powdered sterile gloves, syringes, etc), blankets, tents, and large unopened boxes of medications. Unfortunately, we cannot accept small quantities or unused personal medications. People with private planes willing to fly medical personnel and/or large quanities of supplies are also greatly needed. To donate any of the above goods, please fill out this form.

Our contact coordinates for all mail except donations and for phone, fax and email are:
Partners In Health
888 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: +1 617-432-5256
Fax: +1 617-432-5300
Email: info@pih.org

Please send all donations to:
Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578



* Take 2 minutes to take action to support the US Haitian community. Urge President Obama to have the Department of Homeland Security provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) NOW to Haitians currently in the United States.

TPS is granted by the US government to eligible nationals of countries who cannot safely return to their homelands because of armed conflict, environmental disaster or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

Haiti clearly fits this description.The earthquake has devastated Haiti, leaving little for immigrants to go back to: no shelter, no food, no water, no medical services and no infrastructure.

PHR welcomes the decision of the Obama Administration to halt the pending deportation of some 30,000 Haitians. We believe that, given Haiti's lack of capacity to safely accept any returnees at this time, the Administration should take the next step and grant TPS on an expedited basis to all Haitians who are in the US at this time and are in need of temporary protection.

Granting TPS will allow Haiti to focus on recovery and disaster relief without the additional difficulty of dealing with potentially homeless returnees.

Ask President Obama to act TODAY. We must unite as a nation in solidarity with the people of Haiti — both those struggling to survive in the earthquake ravaged Caribbean and those here in the United States.

Sincerely,

Frank Donaghue
Chief Executive Officer

PHR Offices
National Office

Physicians for Human Rights
2 Arrow Street
Suite 301
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Tel: (617) 301-4200
Fax: (617) 301-4250

Washington Office

Physicians for Human Rights
1156 15th Street, NW
Suite 1001
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 728-5335
Fax: (202) 728-3053
http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/about/contact/


If you are considering making a Haiti-related donation,


you might consider these organizations:

Doctors Without Borders
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Partners in Health
http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti

Fonkoze
http://www.fonkoze.org/

CARE: http://www.care.org/

Mercy Corps: http://www.mercycorps.org/

Oxfam: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/

Yele Haiti: http://www.yele.org/

Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/




If you are inclined at this time of tragedy to seek a broader perspective on Haiti's history, you may wish to consult these resources:

An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President
Randall Robinson
Basic Civitas Books, 2008

The Uses of Haiti
Paul Farmer
Common Courage Press, 2005

Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance
Beverly Bell
Cornell University Press, 2001

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