Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Haiti: Birth among the rubble

While on the ground in Haiti I spent a lot of time in and around the Red Cross field hospital located downtown next to Port au Prince's General Hospital. This 'hospital in a box' was unloaded, assembled, manned and equipped in a 48hr period and is now performing some 200 surgical operations a day. On site we also have an out patients clinic and a post-recovery bed facility for 70 patients. Surgeons, anaesthetists, health staff and administrators all come as part of the package.

Three such field hospitals (one with even more capacity) are now operating from dawn to dusk in Port au Prince and outskirts (as well as half a dozen mobile health units providing additional health care services for more than a thousand people a day). This is a video that I really like, I hope you do to. Its a good news story among the horror that Haiti has had to suffer. The video was shot by my friend and colleague from Norwegian Red Cross (who also has one of the greatest names on the planet) Olaf Saltbones.

1 comment:

  1. Love the video. Totally agree that Olaf Saltbones has the best name on the planet. He needs to be in media!!