Friday, January 15, 2010

Oh Haiti!

I have to avert my gaze from the television. I cannot watch another professional CNN reporter cry on screen. The photos and stories from Haiti overwhelm. The urge to be there is pressing. I have added my name to three volunteer lists, but alas, I do not know how to amputate or operate or even stitch anymore. Comfort, diagnose, and nurture. I can do that. If you call I will go.

In the mean time, I urge everyone to contribute money to the relief effort. Most of us have our favorite, perennial recipients of our goodwill. Let me introduce you to one that is particularly relevant and effective in the Haitian tragedy-- Partners in Health.

A few years ago I read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder and was swept away by the eloquent non-fiction account and the temerity of Dr Paul Farmer who has worked in Haiti for over twenty years, building an effective and simple health care system now largely staffed by Haitians who have been trained by Farmer and his team. This organization probably stands the best chance of helping the most people because it has outlying clinics and over 1200 well trained community workers, 500 nurses and 120 doctors throughout Haiti. Here is a statement by Kidder about the success of Partners in Health given just yesterday. They need basic supplies: bandaids, casting materials, iv fluids, etc etc etc.

Please consider a donation.


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I purchased "Mountains Beyond Mountains" this morning and have been reading it all day. Partners in Health has a great web site that makes it easy to give. I wish you all the best in your efforts to go and provide support.

  2. Thanks for your encouragment and engagement. Please send it on to as many friends as possible. And thanks for being such a supporter of my blog!

  3. Hola Ann:con mi admiracion y respeto te envio mis mejores energias mi agradecimiento por estar alli y la confianza en que con tus recursos podras ayudar.Gracias por estar siempre donde puedes hacer una diferencia.Diana