LAST HOPE FOUNDATION WILL BE on the ground delivering critical medicines and medical supplies in the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14. At least 650,000 people in Haiti are in need of humanitarian assistance in the regions of Sud, Grand’Anse, and Nippes. More than 2,000 people have died, over 12,000 are injured, and devastation is widespread near the city of Les Cayes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince.
Hospitals in impacted areas have been overwhelmed by sudden needs, and many medical facilities have suffered major damage. Thousands are homeless, and there is concern that diseases could spread after Tropical Storm Grace dumped as much as 10 inches of rain in the affected areas.
LAST HOPE FOUNDATION Emergency Response Team WILL BE on the ground in the Sud REGION, delivering critical medicines and medical supplies, including bandages, sutures, and antibiotics, to health facilities in Les NIPPES and the surrounding area
• A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14 near the city of Les Cayes
• At least 650,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance
• More than 2,000 people have died, 12,000 are injured, and 137,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed
• Tropical Storm Grace has added to the emergency, leading to flash flooding and landslides
• LAST HOPE FOUNDATION WILL BE on the ground in Haiti delivering critical medicines and medical supplies
Widespread Damage Reported Across Haiti
The death toll in Haiti continues to climb after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage on August 14 near the city of Les Cayes. Reports of injuries and fatalities are still coming in, but more than 2,000 deaths have already been confirmed.
The earthquake destroyed or damaged 137,000 homes, and several shelters in the region also sustained damage, leaving thousands of people homeless. Many people were sleeping outdoors or in makeshift tents as Tropical Depression Grace moved through the area causing flooding and landslides.
Population displacement has raised the need for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, with some local water sources contaminated due to damage from the earthquake. COVID-19 is also an increasing threat as populations may congregate for shelter.
Hospitals and health clinics are reporting significant shortages of medicines and supplies, including antibiotics, surgical supplies, and rehabilitation supplies. Some of the smaller communities remain cut off from hospitals in major cities, limiting access to health care services.
Hospitals in the Les Cayes area have moved patient care outside of their buildings due to structural damage. The hospitals have been overwhelmed by local needs and have airlifted some patients to health facilities in Port-au-Prince. At least 25 health facilities have sustained damage and four were destroyed.
Though reported needs around immediate injuries are slowly stabilizing, needs around the provision of primary care and management of chronic diseases are anticipated to grow. Additional medical risks include infectious diseases, with particular concern regarding cholera, acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and malaria.
Haiti Anti-Hunger Nonprofit Organization
Last Hope Foundation is a Haiti and Dominican Republic anti-hunger nonprofit organization. We believe that all people throughout the world, including Haiti and Dominican Republic deserve to live in comfort free from poverty and the struggles associated with it. Our foundation is based in Norcross, GA, but gathers donations from around the entire United States for countries like Haiti and Dominican Republic around the world.
The Situation in Haiti
Haiti and Dominican Republic need services to help with hunger and poverty. The country is around 50 percent undernourished, which means about half of the population needs additional food and care. The undernourished population includes children. One in five children throughout Haiti are not only undernourished but are actually malnourished.
As a Haiti and Dominican Republic anti-hunger organization, we work tirelessly to bring food and nourishment to these families and children. Much of the hunger difficulties found in Haiti and Dominican Republic are related to the rampant poverty found throughout the country.
In Haiti and Dominican Republic 59 percent of people live in poverty, with almost one-quarter of the population in extreme poverty. Without looking at both the poverty and hunger difficulties in Haiti and Dominican Republic we risk missing some of the problems that are contributing to the suffering.
The Work We Do
Last Hope Foundation understands the difficulties that face the people of Haiti/ Dominican Republic and what we can do about them. We know that hunger and poverty are inextricably linked and that we must address both to address either one.
Our goal is to alleviate human misery wherever we find it, from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. We work to reduce hunger and poverty because these two are at the foundation of much of the misery experienced in the world.
We also work to reduce preventable diseases, which we believe can be accomplished as we eliminate poverty and work to prevent starvation around the world. Our work is rooted in a belief that the world can be a better, kinder place, but that we must be a central part of bringing that world to pass.