Six years ago, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, instantly killing more than 200,000 people and injuring 300,000 more. Thousands of homes, buildings, and major public infrastructures, including the Haitian National Palace, collapsed. An already fragile and weakened country was hit by one of the worst tragedies in its history.
Today, we remember and mourn those who lost their lives as well as those who continue to endure the effects of this catastrophic earthquake.
Since then, the Haiti Medical Education Project — with the help of our partners and donors— has been working arduously to improve the medical education system in Haiti. While there is still much to do, we have made great strides over the past few years.
- We have delivered over hundreds of web-based medical lectures for medical students, residents and practicing physicians in Haiti.
- In February of 2015, 25 health care professionals from private and public institutions completed a research methods course.
- In May 2015, the first Global Comprehensive Basic Life Support training (CBLS) was completed in partnership with our CALS colleagues.
As Haiti continues to rebuild itself, we at HME will never forget the strength, the courage and the resilience of the Haitian people.
Please join me in taking a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives on January 12, 2010 in Haiti.
Cruff Renard, MD