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GCF Earthquake Relief Group IVMonday, February 22, 2010 - It's hard to believe that we are on the 4th week of this GCF relief effort. So much has been done! Yet, so much remains to be done. The need is overwhelming. The Troopers (team-3) have gone home and The GCF Rangers (team-4) are Here in Haiti. They are doing a remarkable job. Their long journey started on Friday 02/19, through the Dominican Republic where they flew on the red eye flight from either NY or Florida, caught a chartered GCF bus from Santo Domingo to Croix Des Bouquets and finally arrived to our camp on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Despite the sleep deprivation, they got here ready to work and started to prepare for their first work day right away.

Over the past 2 days, they have seen close to 900 patients in Latramlay near Croix-Des-Bouquets and Fond Brache near Fontamara. Both sites came with their own set of issues, but Fond Brache really caught our attention. The community there is fairly impacted by the earthquake, yet since January 12th, except for some tarps from USAID, they have received no assistance. GCF was the first medical team to get to them. They need food, water and still need medical attention. The children that were seen in Fond Brache are very sick. They are hungry and dehydrated. Some had pneumonia, upper respiratory and skin infections. If you are reading this update and have access to large organizations, please ask them to assess the Fond Brache community so they can deliver much needed help to the right people.

Everywhere we went so far has requested yearly visits at a minimum. Most of those places do not have a medical center anywhere near. As incredible as it sounds, we have seen many people who have not seen a Doctor in over twenty years. For this relief effort, GCF's volunteer medical practitioners tried to refer many patients who require additional care to the General Hospital in PAP, the Cuban Tent Hospital in Croix-Des-Bouquets and the University of Miami Tent Hospital near the airport. However, because Fond Brache is a remote area, were are concerned that the patients with serious illnesses will not get to a hospital.

As of February 22, 2010, our volunteers have seen a over 6,700 patients. That was accomplished with 4 rotating teams of 15 - 25 Medical Volunteers, tons of donated medical supplies and a shoe string budget. We expect to see 7,500 - 8,000 patients by the end of this effort. That is to say that where there is a will there is a way and very often, Millions of dollars are not a pre-requisite for effective help. Through the 100 volunteers who participated in this relief effort and with your support, GCF can truly say that they are making a difference in Haiti one person at a time.


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