Update from Nadesha Mijoba, Country Director, Haitian Health Foundation, Jérémie, Haiti:
“Thank you to everyone who has supported our work so far. Please, continue to spread the word that Hurricane Matthew has passed, but the suffering is really only beginning.” Read more…
These are the very latest, preliminary statistics that have just been made available to us today. Note that this is Jérémie Commune only, and does not include the more rural communities surrounding Jérémie.
- There are 191 confirmed deaths so far in Jérémie Commune;
- There are 9,000 reported injuries so far;
- 100,020 people are reported as homeless, including many infants and children;
- 16,500 houses were completely destroyed; 35,000 were severely damaged, and another 65,000 houses are intact, but damaged and vulnerable;
- Nearly all of the livestock died, including goats, cows, mules, dogs and cats. Read more…
The health situation in Jérémie continues to deteriorate. Cholera cases are rising, and people with infections, injuries, and broken limbs continue to come to HHF, seeking care. Read more…
Listen to today’s BBC Newsday update on Haiti, featuring HHF Country Director Nadesha Mijoba:
We heard from our Country Director Nadesha Mijoba just now – thanks to our partners we are beginning to get supplies in and will be distributing in the next 24 hours. Special thanks to Caris Foundation, Americares, Project Medishare and others for mobilizing so quickly. There is absolute devastation in Jeremie and surrounding mountains and we continue to need your support. We will continue to keep you posted as news is changing every hour.
Nadesha was also interviewed on the BBC:
– Courtesy BBC
We’re having a planning meeting today with our partners on the ground, and we’ve issued an official press release. Money is needed now, and can be utilized faster than donations of water, food and medicine which will take longer to get to Haiti. Money can be used right away. HHF will be getting medicine and water purification units and medical workers and setting up cholera treatment as there are already 14 cases that we know about. Caris Foundation is setting up a base at HHF in Jérémie as HHF there still has power and excellent infrastructure. Getting food in is also a main priority and we will be attempting to reach more partners with that expertise. Again, we ask everyone to spread the word and raise funds. Thank you for your compassion for these struggling people.
We finally heard from our Country Director in Jérémie, Nadesha Mijoba.