Evolving response to the disaster in the south
In the first hours after the earthquake, the MSF team based in Port-à-Piment and an emergency medical team from Port-au-Prince began assisting injured patients in Sud province. The hospital in Port-à-Piment where MSF provides sexual and reproductive health care was damaged. The patients, most of whom were receiving maternal health care, were evacuated to a tent where the MSF team continues to provide care. In Port-à-Piment, MSF is also stabilizing patients injured by the earthquake.
In Port-Salut, an MSF team received at least 16 patients with injuries and fractures, including patients referred from Port-à-Piment and Les Cayes. MSF and its partners are stabilizing the wounded and providing surgical and follow-up care.
In Les Cayes, an MSF team is providing medical supplies to the general hospital.
An MSF team is assessing needs in the more remote location of Les Anglais and has been transporting patients from Les Anglais to Port-a-Piment and other areas. Vehicles are unable to travel the entire way to Les Anglais at the moment so patients must be shuttled between two different vehicles, making the trip especially difficult.
An MSF team arrived on August 15 in Nippes, and visited the Sainte-Thérèse hospital in Miragoâne, which has received 59 wounded. MSF donated supplies to the hospital and an MSF surgeon and nurse are providing medical support. Another team is assessing the situation in Baradères and Petit Trou in Nippes, which have reportedly been seriously affected.
MSF also sent emergency supplies from Port-au-Prince to Sud (first aid kits, tents for emergency clinics, medicines, and supplies for blood transfusions and plaster casts). Some access routes, such as the road between Les Cayes and Jérémie, are seriously damaged, and complicate the deployment of aid. However, an MSF team, including two surgeons and an operating room nurse, brought medical supplies to Jeremie on August 15 and began working in the town's hospital.