Overview of Earthquake Haiti Relief Mission:
WATER: We will be taking in 4 water purification systems which I already have on hand. Each one is capable of sanitizing 500-2000 gallons of water per hour. As you may know, following earthquakes there are always inflows of sewage into drinking water systems (cracked pipes, etc.). As such those who survive the initial disaster start becoming sick 2-3 days into the rescue effort. I have used this same model of unit in many other countries/disasters with significant success and effectiveness. Each one can take care of an entire village or large relief camp. By incorporating it into our mobile medical clinics we have been able to treat numerous camps each day (a cup of cool water).
Medical: We will also have our telemedicine backpack and supplies. This is a virtual medical clinic in a bag. It is not only filled with numerous medical supplies but also a satellite uplink and various diagnostic equipment including EKG, Pulse oximeter, digital stethoscope and more. It also contains digital cameras and audio gear. So direct from the disaster, I can link back to doctors in Arizona, Minnesota and beyond. They can provide diagnostic reach-back and guidance for tougher medical issues. As you may no doubt guess, the medical surge capacity in the area is grossly overwhelmed. As such, tools like this have been a huge force multiplier in other disasters we have responded to, and will be well received again in Haiti. This is also the tool from which we can provide a live link back to your groups (if interested). I believe it to be a great way to offer your groups a ring side seat in a 3rd world disaster and – as a result – engage hearts and minds in a whole new and very effective way.
ADDITIONALLY: We are working to secure the support to move the telemedicine container clinic we developed (currently at our Arizona office) and that may also be deployed as soon as we secure shipping expense funding. I am then be willing to leave it there as an ongoing working clinic to meet the needs of the poor. It would also be a location which would have that live web-based connectivity that the backpack provides, but on a permanent basis (studies/testing/proof-of-concept). I will be endeavoring to work all of this through existing missions already in operation prior to the earthquake in an effort to extend the sustainability of the operation permanently.
Please feel free to call of email with any additional comments, questions or concerns. Thanks for your interest.
For the greater good, Randy