Haiti Earthquake Mission Updates
- 19 February
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Haiti Earthquake Response Update As
37 (19 February 2010)
Following the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in Haiti,
the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps has deployed various
officers (roster attached) in response to a variety of requests. In
addition to activities described in previous briefs, recent activities
The USPHS Public Health Advance Team has completed their mission in support of the CMOC on the USS Bataan, helping to coordinate civilian and military activities in the ships area of responsibility. The Applied Public Health Expeditionary Team (APHET) conducted its last immunization clinic in support of the National Vaccination Campaign in Carrefour, successfully administering 1570 vaccinations yesterday, alone. The Team was able to educate UNICEF, Global Medical Inc. and Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRF) as well as University of Haiti 4th year medical students on the process that they had developed for the vaccination program. These organizations will be assuming ongoing responsibility for the program in this geographic area. The USPHS Advance Element was also successful in capacity building through its collaboration with other NGOs, the health cluster and the MOH to assure continued implementation of the National Vaccination Campaign. A plan for demobilization of the APHET and Advance Element has been developed. It is anticipated that the USPHS personnel on board the USS Bataan will be redeployed stateside via military airlift through Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday 22 February, with likely return to their respective home stations no later than 23 February. The final report of the Advance Team will made available on the OFRD website.
Daily support for EMG operations continues with officers identified in previous updates.
A mental health LNO to the IRCT continues to work in support of their activities.
A USPHS officer with Creole language skills continues assisting in ASPR operations in Haiti.
A French-speaking pharmacist is actively supporting IRCT operations in Haiti.
The medical strike team performing triage of repatriated persons at Miami International Airport has fully stood-down, as of today.
OFRD has rostered 4 pre-configured on-call response teams (~188 officers) and ~800 on-call Tier 3 officers who remain available for deployment this month. All current on-call Team Leads have been updated by OFRD.
officers deployed to
Total officers currently deployed:
Past Mission Updates:
Commissioned Corps Officers:
Please do NOT pursue
typhoid immunization or medical malaria prophylaxis before receiving
actual notification of deployment orders. An undue burden is being
placed on medical treatment facilities.
identification is mandatory for some military aircraft and can be a
requirement for certain international and joint missions with DOD. OFRD
recommends CC officers obtain a set of dog tags, particularly those on
Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams or who may otherwise deploy on short notice.
should include the following information, with examples following
Name Middle Initial. LEONARD H.
Security Number 123-45-6789
Type O POS
are available from some military bases and commercial web sites. Please
use caution before providing your SSN to any web site or company which
you or your team mates/fellow officers do not have direct experience
with. Some possible sources:
Deploying Officers ONLY:
OFRD recommends officers
deploying to Haiti for the earthquake response do the following:
assure all routine immunizations are up-to-date
obtain typhoid immunization if un-immunized or booster is
obtain prescription malaria prophylaxis for a minimum of
two (2) weeks coverage
heed, to the degree possible, the guidance published on
the CDC website (below) established for this purpose
Haitian Creole Language Support
Defense Language Institute has a PDF of useful medical terminology
and phrases in Haitian Creole at the following webpage:
Select Language Survival Kits (PDF/audio)
Select Country: Haiti
Select Language: Haitian