Port au Prince, 19 Jan.
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
(WHO/PAHO) has received a donation of medicines from the Queen Sofía
Foundation of Spain, worth 600.000 Euros.
shipment arrived yesterday at PROMESS – Haiti’s central medical storage
facility, administered by WHO/PAHO – and will be used to treat people
affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti last Tuesday.
drugs were sent by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency
(AECID). WHO/PAHO’s country representative in Haiti, Dr Henriette
Chamouillet, said that sustained support from Spain during the past
several years has been critical to meeting Haiti’s need for medicines,
vaccines and blood products.
the beginning of the crisis, WHO/PAHO personnel have been working
around the clock to fill orders received from hospitals and clinics as
well as other U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations for
medicines, bandages and blood necessary for treatment, surgeries and
transfusions for the sick and wounded.
the store was prepared to meet the acute health needs of the Haitian
people following the earthquake is in large part thanks to the ongoing
support we have received from the Spanish Government, among other
donors,” said Dr Chamouillet.
addition to the donation from Spain, several other countries have sent
medical supplies and blood since the earthquake occurred, including
Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. More help is expected to arrive
from other countries in the coming days.
For more information contact Isabel Lopez,
or Donna Eberwine-Villagran,