A mother brings her young daughter to the only free burn care unit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which is run by MSF. Many people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still living in tent settlements. Others have rudimentary housing with no facilities or services. It presents the perfects conditions for fires and domestic burn accidents - the victims of which are most often children. This is one of three videos in an MSF Insight video package on the lasting effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Mirlanda's strength and family support have made her a survivor; MSF medical care has been crucial to her pulling through. When she was 10, Mirlanda lost one of her legs due to the 2010 earthquake. She spent a year and a half in surgeries, recovery, and physiotherapy at MSF’s temporary tent hospital. Today she is a bright and upbeat young girl who looks ahead to the future, but she and her family must live with the effects of the past. This is one of three videos in an MSF Insight video package on the lasting effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Musical “animators” at MSF’s Drouillard Hospital in Port-au-Prince can play a key role in getting traumatized patients to open up and talk to counselors. MSF psychologists say that patients are often suffering from “accumulated trauma” - the trauma that brings them into the hospital is only the latest in a series of losses and injuries stemming from the earthquake, the ongoing cholera epidemic, and the violence that has long haunted the country. This makes mental health care extremely important; MSF offers group therapy and one-on-one counseling at Drouillard Hospital. This is one of three videos in an MSF Insight video package on the lasting effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Cholera continues to spread in Haiti as people struggle to access clean water and understand a disease they've never encountered before. MSF teams are responding to the outbreak in Port-au-Prince, in the center of the country, and on the northern coast, but other actors will need to get more involved to meet all the patient needs in the coming days.
Mirlanda, a young MSF patient in Haiti who lost her mother and a leg to the earthquake, is a source of inspiration to the MSF staff, her fellow patients, and the photographer who captured her spirit in these images. Photographs by Nicola Vigilanti.
Six months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, the Clerger family has had to divide up. There is no work to be found, and they still have received no help beyond MSF's medical assistance. Part one of thier story is here.
In order to tend to the longer-term needs of Haitians wounded and displaced by the January 12 earthquake, MSF has set up centers for specialized services such as physical therapy, psychological care, and plastic surgery, and has also been distributing items such as tents, soap, and blankets.