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Tragedy in Haiti

Published January 14, 2010 9:43 PM by Glen McDaniel

The last 48 hour news cycle has been dominated by coverage of the horrendous tragedy in Haiti. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and wreaked havoc on the lifeblood of this poor Caribbean country.

Clinical laboratorians are a kind, caring group and many may want to help in some way, but not sure exactly what to do. Here are a few of the websites I recommend

For general update- CNN's Haitian earthquake update

Volunteer opportunities - Medecins sans frontieres  (doctors without borders)

Some reputable charities  through which to donate include the following

Red Cross-

Feed the Children-

Salvation Army

The fastest way to get help to those in need whenever there is such devastation and confusion  is  to give money to a charity you trust. An easy way to donate is to text the word HAITI to 90999. That is, simply type HAITI in the message field and send it to 90999. This will donate ten dollars ($10) to the Red Cross immediately and your donation will appear on your phone bill.

In the spirit of service we stand in solidarity with- and offer support to- our neighbors in Haiti.

 

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4 comments

I just hope we dont forget all about them once the crisis is over. As lab scientists we can help personally through private organizations, our church or even volunteer to go help set up labs when the dust dies down. I saw a CNN report where the medical school was destroyed and the students due for graduation have no where to complete their medical training right now. Also there are only a couple thousand doctors for the entire country. I know there labs must be awful

Jonas L MLS(ASCP) January 31, 2010 12:49 PM
NM

I am a little disappointed that it seems to have taken many people I know so long to actually contribute, to go beyond saying it's all so sad. to the stage of DOING something.

Many hospitals and labs have started collecting stuff now, but many are still doing nothing.

As much as we spend on lab equipment and supplies, I wonder how much the big companies

(Siemens, Beckman, Abbott, Roche, Stago, BD, Biomeriux etc etc etc)  are contributing. They can afford the dollars. Plus later on they can donate equipment that is good, but we in the US have discarded.

Gino Genovese January 26, 2010 7:35 PM
New York NY

I am familiar with Haiti through church missions plus a friend who is trying to adopt an orphan from there. So I feel especially sad because of that connection. I do wish I could help more. I agree that a donation however small is the best thing to do right now. I havent heard from our professional organizations at all. I made my small donation to the Red Cross by texting. God bless!

Sebastian MT (AMT) January 16, 2010 1:37 PM
Morrow GA

Our healthcare publications cover the story and help readers volunteer and donate. I sidled up to the

January 15, 2010 2:26 PM

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