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Helping Haiti Heal

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The Imamia Medics International Assessment and Coordination Team (IMI ACT) was in Haiti from February 25 to March 11th, 2010. The small team was comprised of Farhaj Hassan (EMT) and Sakina Rizvi (IMI’s Program Coordinator, Haiti & Associate Representative to the United Nations), who liaised with international agencies and IMI’s local contacts to complete a rapid assessment of the situation,developed relationships with national and international entities, and coordinated logistics for IMI medical teams.


IMI ACT also distributed medical supplies and other materials to assist the community’s recovery. In addition to Portau-Prince, IMI ACT visited numerous sites in Haiti, including St. Marc, Pierre Payen, Montrouis, and Patien Payen to the North of PortauPrince, Carrefour, and Leoganne to the West of Port-au-Prince, and Cayes Jacmel along the southern coast of Haiti.

IMI ACT was followed closely by IMI’s Medical Team that provided medical assistance through CDRS/SHINE and the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) in Petitionville, a suburb of PortauPrince, from March 9 to March 17, 2010.

The IMI Medical Team was comprised of Dr. Mitra Arjang, Dr. Cassim Degani, Dr. Khatoon Ginwala, Naeema Ginwala, Dr. Alefiyah Mesiwala, and Pras Patcha. Dr. Mahwesh Javed and Muneeb Qadri also joined the team in Haiti.

In addition to working at the J/P HRO field hospital that catered to the displaced community of approximately 45,000 (daytime estimates) 75,000 (overnight estimates), IMI doctors also participated in offsite, mobile clinics set up in nearby communities such as Selina, Carrefour and Cite Soleil, and performed surgeries and provided obstetrics care at Hospital General in PortauPrince.

Over the course of one afternoon in Selina (working with JP HRO), about 650 people were triaged and 370 patients received medical care.