Responding in Haiti

2021-09-24T13:35:50-04:00

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Haiti on August 14, 2021. The USGS estimates that the shaking zone affected more than 2.1 million people. The earthquake caused at least 2,207 deaths, 12,268 injuries, and 129,929 houses damaged or destroyed. Many local hospitals were very quickly overwhelmed.The earthquake preceded Tropical Storm Grace which generated flooding, heavy rains, and strong winds on August 16 and 17. Recent crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and political instability also impacted earthquake response efforts. The country is still recovering from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in 2010, killing over 200,000 people and [...]

Responding in Haiti2021-09-24T13:35:50-04:00

Earthquake in Haiti

2021-09-10T18:06:00-04:00

Last Updated August 25, 2021 On August 14, 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Haiti. The USGS estimates that the shaking zone affected more than 2.1 million people. As of August 20, reports indicate 2,207 earthquake-related deaths, 12,268 injuries, and 129,929 houses damaged or destroyed. Many local hospitals are also overwhelmed. We at the MGH Center for Global Health (CGH) extend our thoughts and attention to the people of Haiti and our partners located there. In 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country killing over 200,000 people and injuring many others. The country is still recovering from the effects [...]

Earthquake in Haiti2021-09-10T18:06:00-04:00

Mass General dispatches team to support COVID-19 response in Uganda

2021-07-07T13:18:00-04:00

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health (CGH) is deploying a team on Thursday, June 24 to Mbarara, Uganda in collaboration with Build Health International to support efforts to treat patients with COVID-19 infections. "This is not just about access to resources, it is about access to vaccines. There is a connection between current COVID-19 surges and lack of vaccine access and equity." While many areas across the globe have begun reporting decreasing COVID-19 cases and deaths, numbers are rising in Uganda and other countries on the African continent. This surge has sparked what is being called a third [...]

Mass General dispatches team to support COVID-19 response in Uganda2021-07-07T13:18:00-04:00

Answering the Call in India and Beyond

2021-07-07T13:16:32-04:00

As we in Boston and across the United States gradually emerge from the isolation of COVID-19, we can begin to breathe a cautious sigh of relief. This is not the case for everyone around the globe. Health systems in India, Brazil and other countries in Southeast Asia are currently overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. On May 6, India — the world’s second most populous country, with 1.4 billion citizens — recorded 414,188 infections and 3,769 deaths in one day. Experts warn these numbers are likely dramatic undercounts due to testing limitations and inability of local hospitals to care for the surge [...]

Answering the Call in India and Beyond2021-07-07T13:16:32-04:00

Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts in India: A Conversation with Dr. Pooja Yerramilli

2021-07-07T13:19:36-04:00

On May 5th, India reported 412,431 new COVID-19 infections and 3,980 deaths. Since mid- April, the country has seen an increase in infections and deaths which has rapidly overwhelmed the country’s healthcare and public health infrastructure. Pooja Yerramilli, MD, MPH, MGH Global Medicine Resident shares an update on the situation and work being done through the volunteer group India COVID SOS, whom she volunteers with. From the conversations you have had with people in India, could you tell us what you have learned from the current situation on the ground?   I would say it is really harrowing to hear [...]

Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts in India: A Conversation with Dr. Pooja Yerramilli2021-07-07T13:19:36-04:00

MGH Global Disaster Response and Global Nursing Program join together to support clinical responses in Matamoros, Mexico and Pine Ridge, South Dakota

2021-07-07T13:20:31-04:00

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health (CGH) Office of Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action (GDR) has teamed up with the MGH Global Nursing program to provide clinical care responses in Matamoros, Mexico and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Flags hang in the Matamoros camp representing the home countries of camp residents. Matamoros, a border city and receiving site for individuals seeking asylum in the United States who have been sent back to Mexico to await their immigration hearing is one of the largest migrant camps that has formed along the US/Mexico border. An estimated 700 [...]

MGH Global Disaster Response and Global Nursing Program join together to support clinical responses in Matamoros, Mexico and Pine Ridge, South Dakota2021-07-07T13:20:31-04:00

Nurses Deployed to Navajo Nation

2021-07-07T13:21:11-04:00

THIS SUMMER, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health (CGH) Office of Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action (GDRHA), in response to a request for support from longtime GDRHA partner Project Hope, deployed four experienced nursing staff to the Navajo Nation to assist with the care of patients admitted to Indian Health Service facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Team Lead and Director of Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action Lindsey Martin, NP (Surgical Intensive Care Unit), Director of Global Nursing Mary Sebert, RN, MPH (CGH),  Jennifer Samiotes, RN (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), and Skeeter Welder, RN (Medical Intensive [...]

Nurses Deployed to Navajo Nation2021-07-07T13:21:11-04:00

A city that defines love and life- Mass General Deploys Surgeon to support Beirut response.

2020-10-30T12:08:49-04:00

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health (CGH) Office of Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action (GDRHA) has deployed Dr. Haytham Kaafarani, from the MGH department of Surgery, Trauma, Emergency Surgery & Surgical Critical Care, to provide trauma and critical care support to those affected by the August 4th explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. On August 4, two explosions tore through the city of Beirut, the second of which registered as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 220 people, injuring over 6,000, and leaving roughly 300,000 homeless. Recently, a fire has ignited in the same port region, compounding [...]

A city that defines love and life- Mass General Deploys Surgeon to support Beirut response.2020-10-30T12:08:49-04:00

Global Disaster Response Monitoring Active Hurricane Season

2020-08-31T11:33:18-04:00

Updated August 31st, 2020 Hurricane Laura made landfall on the Louisiana and Texas coasts on August 27th as a Category 4 storm. Sustained winds as high as 150 mph destroyed homes and business and the cut power to hundreds of thousands.  The storm surge has since caused devastating flooding in coastal communities. In these areas already greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a critical need for clean water, access to healthcare and medicines, and safe shelter in the coming weeks. While MGH’s Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action has not yet been asked to respond, the team [...]

Global Disaster Response Monitoring Active Hurricane Season2020-08-31T11:33:18-04:00

Global Disaster Response Partners Supporting Beirut, Lebanon

2020-08-12T09:43:26-04:00

On August 4, two explosions tore through the city of Beirut, the second of which registered as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 220 people, injuring over 6,000, and leaving roughly 300,000 homeless. The MGH Center for Global Health stands with the people of Beirut as well as our colleagues who have been affected by this tragic event. Several of the Center’s Global Disaster Response partner organizations are currently responding in Beirut. Click on the following links to learn more about their work and opportunities to get involved. Direct Relief is supporting several hospitals in Beirut, attending to thousands [...]

Global Disaster Response Partners Supporting Beirut, Lebanon2020-08-12T09:43:26-04:00
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