Airlifted medicines being distributed in Haiti

Medicines are being distributed through Food For The Poor Haiti. Photo shows the outside of the compound. Courtesy of Air Transat, credit: Benoit Desjardins, Presse canadienne

Potentially more people could die in Haiti from cholera than the deadly hurricane that struck the Caribbean nation on Oct. 4 of this year.

On Nov. 15 a plane donated by Air Transat arrived delivering health and hope.

Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) helped fill the plane along with partner Food For The Poor Canada.

“It is so important for us to receive medicines and medical supplies,” Bishop Oge Beauvoir, Executive Director of Food For The Poor Haiti, told HPIC staff when they arrived with the medical relief. “You must understand that there is very little access to any medicine for most Haitians.”

The medicines were donated by 19 healthcare companies in Canada in response to needs identified by Food For The Poor, including cholera treatment and primary care medicines.

To see the arrival of the 16 skids of medicine and hear from HPIC’s Haitian partner, watch this 2.5 minute video.

HPIC staff saw some of the unloading of the plane and then went to Food For The Poor Haiti to meet staff and see the warehouse.

The warehouse contains a variety of goods, all well organized and properly inventoried.

“Nothing lasts more than about 5 days in here, it is in and out,” Beauvoir explained.

“The facility was spic and span,” said HPIC’s President Denis St-Amour. “It would compare with similar facilities in Canada. I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff and how the facility is managed.”

The medicines are being distributed into Food For The Poor Haiti’s national distribution network of schools, orphanages, clinics, hospitals, churches and community groups.

“We represented so many people in Canada who made this relief possible,” said Denis St-Amour. “It was our honour to represent the people of the 19 healthcare and pharmaceutical companies that donated high-quality long dated medicines. There is so much appreciation in Haiti for your gift. You truly delivered health and hope to Haiti last week.”