Haiti relief efforts intensify
Relief efforts are intensifying to address the devastation caused by the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The devastation has been significant, with estimates of more than 3 million people -- one third of Haiti -- impacted by the disaster.
Among those responding is AmeriCares, which is sending medical aid to survivors. The AmeriCares emergency response team has reported that their airlift of 15 tons of medical assistance landed at the Port au Prince just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. As local hospitals -- both those damaged by the earthquake and temporary, makeshift medical setups in hotels and other buildings -- report growing patient volumes and shrinking (even non-existent) medicines and supplies, the AmeriCares team said they felt deep gratitude for the corporate supporters who will allow AmeriCares to deliver this urgently needed assistance.
The plane carried medical products donated by more than 25 companies -- including WWE -- many of which have committed to maintain inventory at AmeriCares as part of their "emergency pharmacy." The products include a wide range of medicines -- enough to treat 500,000 people -- as well as more than 300,000 units of hospital supplies for surgeries, trauma care and burn care.
With financial support committed immediately after the earthquake, AmeriCares was able to charter a plane to fly the medicines from Miami directly into Port-au-Prince -- and bring additional emergency response staff to Haiti to work on delivery under extremely challenging logistical circumstances. Distribution is under way as of Monday, and is expected to continue throughout the coming days and weeks. AmeriCares has increased the total amount of aid pledged for Haiti to $15 million.
You can help by making a donation to AmeriCares, WWE's Disaster Relief Partner, at this link or you can donate by texting the word "live" to 25383 to donate $10.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund also has been established to support the relief effort. For more information, click here.
Let's show the people of Haiti that we are in their corner. Please donate now.