January 15, 2010
Laurent Dedieu is a logistics supervisor for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) projects in Haiti. Since the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on January 12, he has been in frequent contact with the teams on the ground and helping to organize the logistics of MSF’s response. Here he describes the logistical challenges the teams are dealing with right now.
What are the logistical problems the teams are dealing with today?
Pakistan 2005 © MSF
Right now we still are struggling to treat patents in very rough conditions. The biggest problem is not having medical structures where we can treat them. But we have been able to find an open space big enough for the inflatable hospital that should arrive tomorrow. So we will have a 100-bed hospital with surgical capacity operation before the end of next week.
What about other logistical factors required for surgery – water, electricity?
We have roughly a week’s worth of water in stock and we have generators for electricity. The hospital is coming fully logistically equipped, including sanitation, x-ray machines, everything. It's a kind of plug and play hospital.
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