Monday, 18 January 2010

Helping Haiti

Following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday 12 January, causing tragic loss of life and massive destruction, CMF members have been asking how they should respond to this disaster.

The UK Department of Health reports that the initial acute medical response is now well underway with 14 field hospitals, one US hospital ship and 800 Cuban doctors. The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team leader has announced that other than those teams already en route, no further Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are currently required.

CMF is therefore encouraging members primarily to:

1. Pray for all involved

2. Give via the following routes:
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) - representing UK agencies responding
International Health Partners - supplying drug packs
CMDA - our US sister organisation

The Department of Health has advised that individuals should not try to go to assist unless registered with an agency which is part of the Global Health Cluster response. However, if you have the appropriate language (French), skills and experience you can contact aid agencies for inclusion on their roster:
Médecins Sans Frontières
Save the Children

Meanwhile regular updates are available on the evolving situation at:

In the midst of this tragedy there are encouraging reports of local Christians being at the forefront of aid and relief, and of Christians praising God in the disaster:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

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