An academic center's delivery of care after the Haitian earthquake

Amir K. Jaffer, Rafael E. Campo, Greg Gaski, Mario Reyes, Ralf Gebhard, Enrique Ginzburg, Michael A. Kolber, John Macdonald, Steven Falcone, Barth A. Green, Lazara Barreras-Pagan, William W. O'Neill

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Abstract

The Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami and Project Medishare, an affiliated not-for-profit organization, provided a large-scale relief effort in Haiti after the earthquake of 12 January 2010. Their experience demonstrates that academic medical centers in proximity to natural disasters can help deliver effective medical care through a coordinated process involving mobilization of their own resources, establishment of focused management teams at home and on the ground with formal organizational oversight, and partnership with governmental and nongovernmental relief agencies. Proximity to the disaster area allows for prompt arrival of medical personnel and equipment. The recruitment and organized deployment of large numbers of local and national volunteers are indispensable parts of this effort. Multidisciplinary teams on short rotations can form the core of the medical response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-265
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Volume153
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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