Haiti's first air ambulance service
A prematurely born infant struggles for life. A father of six suffers a heart attack while working on his farm. Two children are hurt when their parents’ car overturns on a muddy road.
If emergencies like these were to happen to you or one of your loved ones in the U.S. or any developed country, you’d take it for granted that an ambulance would arrive quickly--probably within the so-called “golden hour”. That’s when chances of survival are greatest if victims get adequate medical attention.
That is not the case in Haiti.
Scores of Haitians perish from disease, accidents and other causes that could have been successfully treated had they reached a hospital emergency room in time. Haiti’s landscape is rugged and mountainous in many places---and rough country roads can turn a dash to the hospital into an ordeal that lasts for hours or even days.
It’s an ordeal that many do not survive.
Sadly---despite the 2010 earthquake that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives---Haiti ---a country of ten million people---still does not have a single emergency medical services helicopter that serves ordinary Haitians.
That can easily translate to a death sentence for Haitian men, women and children who get sick or are hurt more than a few miles from a hospital.
Filling this gap in the health care system is also critical to Haiti’s efforts to help itself by attracting industry that produces jobs—and hope for Haiti’s future.
The people of Haiti need a helicopter EMS program—and they need one now!