Loma Linda University responds to the earthquake in Haiti
Loma Linda University continues to monitor the unfolding rescue and recovery efforts in Haiti. We are building on longstanding relationships with the country:
• Loma Linda University trained 40 public health professionals in Haiti in the 1980s.
• In 2004, after the catastrophic floods in Haiti, Loma Linda University trained a 50-member Haitian national Behavioral Health Trauma Team. The team is currently at work counseling in the relief efforts.
• The Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, a 70-bed facility built in 1978, is functional after the earthquake and already serving as a clinical center for the country. Its services were strengthened by joining Adventist Health International in 2003, and being “adopted” three years ago by the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Class of 2010 as their mission project.
• Universite Adventiste d’Haiti, located next to the hospital, has sustained some physical damage, but parts of the campus are being used as a staging ground for various relief efforts.
• Scott Nelson, MD, one of our Loma Linda University graduates and an orthopedic surgeon based in the Dominican Republic, arrived in Port-au-Prince on January 14 with a surgical team to provide orthopedic services at the Adventist hospital. We expect to maintain communication with Dr. Nelson in order to obtain accurate and timely information.
• A number of Loma Linda University graduates and other volunteers have expressed interest in traveling to Haiti to help. We are grateful for such expressions of willingness to help. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update everyone through the University website: Support Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti. If additional health care providers are needed at the Adventist hospital in Port-au-Prince, that information will be made available on the website.
• Loma Linda University has established a fund to facilitate donations to the Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti. The hospital is in need of many resources in order to function around-the-clock during this critical period. Donation information can be found on the right.
Loma Linda wishes to thank all who are taking time to remember in prayer the desperate needs of the people of Haiti. We hope that many will be motivated to provide the means through which needed health care can be sustained at this time.