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American Red Cross Provides First Aid and Supplies in Haiti
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Red Cross President Witnesses Haiti's Need Firsthand

January 19, 2010

A report of the emergency health response in Haiti from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. 

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Outside the damaged American Red Cross office in Croiz Deprez, Haiti, volunteers from Haiti and around the world are working side-by-side to clean and stitch wounds amidst the earthquake's rubble. Outreach teams are also traveling through the neighborhood camps, providing basic relief items, such as tarps, blankets, jerry cans for water and hygiene supplies.

There are more than 400 Red Cross workers from around the world in Haiti, as well as thousands of local volunteers. In addition to the first aid posts and outreach in the streets, Red Cross responders from six countires are treating injuries and triaging people for surgery at hospitals and medical centers in Port-au-Prince, Carrefour and Jacmel.

Planes and trucks carrying Red Cross humanitarian assistance are arriving in the region every day, delivering much needed materials such as medical supplies, tarps, blankets, hygiene items, buckets, shelter supplies and kitchen sets. So far, more than 500 tons of Red Cross aid have been mobilized.

American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern traveled to Haiti today to visit relief operations and help coordinate the distribution of aid. McGovern planned to meet with Dr. Michaele Amedee Gedeon, president of the Haitian Red Cross. She will also visit a first aid post and a Red Cross relief distribution center where family kits, water and shelter supplies are being organized and given to survivors.

You can help the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation. You may mail your donation to the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, 85 Second Street, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 or call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722). You may also donate online at www.redcrossbayarea.org/donate.


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