On Tuesday, December 14th there was an explosion of a truck carrying approximately 9,000 gallons of gasoline in our sister city of Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The incident is noted to have burned everything in a 100-yard radius and has led to many deaths and injuries in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. As of now over 75 people have died due to the disaster.
Konbit Sante is connecting and collaborating with our healthcare partners, particularly, Justinien University Hospital (JUH) and Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital (HCBH) who are dealing with an unprecedented need for help as a result of this incident. Both hospitals are caring for patients who are severely impacted by the injuries. Several patients who were in dire condition were also airlifted and sent to hospitals in Port-au-Prince or Mirebalais, for comprehensive care.
We are providing support to our partners as they care for the patients with injuries sustained from the burns and the resulting complications. Their funding needs include the procurement of supplies and medications. In the days to come we will work closely with them to determine, address, and fund their ongoing needs.
We recognize that this tragedy represents just one of many for the people of Haiti in the past year. We remain committed to our local partners and the communities of Cap-Haitien and will continue to provide support through this difficult time.
We would appreciate any additional support from you! If you’re interested in donating please do so here with a note to designate it towards this crisis.
Konbit Sante stands with the people of Haiti this week and every other week, under the recognition that in times like these the values of community and togetherness are most important.
Kembe Fem Cap-Haitien!