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Mercy Corps distributes food in Port-au-Prince's largest hospital

Haiti, January 22, 2010

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Portland, OR – Mercy Corps yesterday delivered three days’ worth of high-energy biscuits to 900 patients, their families, and staff at General Hospital, Port-au-Prince’s largest hospital. This food delivery and distribution is part of the aid agency’s expanding efforts to help fill the most pressing needs of Haitian earthquake survivors.

“People were relieved and happy to see us,” confirmed Mercy Corps Emergency Responder Cassandra Nelson. “Hospital officials told us they've been very short on food. And the people who received the biscuit package immediately started eating – you could tell they were hungry.”

The team hopes that distribution of the biscuits, which were provided by the UN World Food Program, is the first phase of our work with General Hospital. The team plans to return on Saturday to start delivering food such as rice, beans and oil that could be cooked on site if kitchen facilities are functional or can be repaired.

In addition to delivering food, the team is helping Haitians access clean water. Mercy Corps water and sanitation expert Mugur Dumitrache visited a community of 20,000 people close to our office that was badly impacted by the earthquake. After examining wells and surveying people living in the neighborhood, he ascertained that they have a serious need for chlorinated water and sanitation services. Dumitrache continues his work in this community today.

Providing food and water is just one aspect of Mercy Corps’ response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti last week. The agency’s team of expert emergency responders is addressing the immediate humanitarian needs on the ground, and will strive to boost economic recovery through cash-for-work programs and provide post-trauma emotional assistance to children.

HOW TO HELP:
Mercy Corps
Haiti Earthquake Fund
Dept NR
PO Box 2669
Portland , OR 97208
www.mercycorps.org
1-888-256-1900