Worse and worse: Medical “perfect storm” about to hit Haiti

posted at 7:54 pm on January 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

I was thinking about this earlier after reading reports of bodies being stacked in the streets. According to Time, it’s actually a myth that corpses lead to outbreaks of disease. What’s not a myth: When a country that didn’t have much medical infrastructure to start with loses what little it has and people are forced to resettle in the close quarters of refugee cramps, you’re staring at epidemics of typhoid, cholera, or worse. Which makes me wonder, even with the death toll already possibly in six figures, how high it’s going to go.

That vulnerability will be felt first in the water. In a major disaster, time is of the essence, and survivors will succumb to thirst and dehydration much faster than malnutrition. With drinking water distribution systems destroyed — and survivors crammed into camps without much sanitation — water supplies could quickly become contaminated. That can lead to rapidly spreading water-borne diseases like cholera and dysentery, which can sweep through refugee camps. (In the 1994 Rwanda refugee crisis, cholera took some 45,000 lives in less than three weeks.) That, in turn, puts emergency responders in a race against time — shipping in clean water or purifying existing supplies before diseases start spreading. And it’s not just drinking water that will be in demand. Latrines need to be set up quickly to prevent contamination. “It’s called WatSan — water and sanitation,” says Patrick McCormick, a spokesperson for UNICEF. “That will be the key.”…

The next danger will be existing infectious diseases that might attack survivors — especially in the cramped and less than hygienic conditions of a refugee camp. Measles and other childhood infections will be particularly worrying, especially since nearly half of Haiti’s population is under the age of 18, and many are already in poor health. Doctors will need to launch vaccination drives to protect the vulnerable and do so fast. In past disasters, like the 2004 Asian tsunami, lack of vaccinations before the event had a major impact on the spread of diseases after it.

The country already has a high incidence of HIV and TB and of course diseases related to malnutrition and rancid food. A U.S. microbiologist expects the aftereffects to last for years and calls, explicitly, for a Marshall plan to help the country rebuild. That’s how total the devastation is, as the photos demonstrate only too well.

Here’s CNN’s interview with Haiti’s president from earlier today. He’s dazed, understandably, but puts out the call for doctors and medical supplies of all sorts in the second half of the clip. The Red Cross’s donation page is here; the Doctors Without Borders donation page is here.

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Refugee “cramps” – sounds like a symptom, but probably not what you intended.

GoHskrs on January 13, 2010 at 7:57 PM

How many do you think will just say “F**k it! I`m taking a raft to Miami!”

ThePrez on January 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Awful situation. Can we make sure that dave### troll doesn’t sidetrack this thread with his Anti-american screeds?

Good Solid B-Plus on January 13, 2010 at 8:03 PM

The said the same about Sumatra.

upinak on January 13, 2010 at 8:03 PM

prayers

rob verdi on January 13, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I have friends that have done Christian medical mission trips down to Haiti. They go repeatedly, taking surgical teams, nurses, GPs, PTs, OTs and shipping containers of supplies. This is a tragedy and my heart goes out to those in Haiti–the trapped, the dead, the injured, the sick, the elderly and those trying to help them. This country is a humanitarian disaster even before this earthquake hit. Endemic diseases, malnutrition, and a lack of fresh water preceded this disaster.

My prayer is that our nation is moved to continue to do God’s work through this devastating time in Haiti.

ted c on January 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM

If you have an interest in supporting a team to go to Haiti, find a church that does medical missions there in Haiti and sponsor a team with whatever you can do. We have extraordinarily talented people that go to Port au Prince and other areas in the country caring and ministering to the people there.

ted c on January 13, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I’d recommend the Salvation Army as a good relief organization to donate to. They have low overhead and the money goes where it is needed.

simkeith on January 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM

According to Time, it’s actually a myth that corpses lead to outbreaks of disease.

Yet one can indeed contract cholera from drinking corpse-water tea. No secure water delivery system + Dead Bodies everywhere + Thirsty survivors = Cholera. Add to this the shortage of medical supplies such as rehydration solutions, and the death toll will probably rise in the coming weeks.

Yikes, these people need help!

Intrepid on January 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

If I gave to an organization, it’d be the Red Cross. No others.

ted c on January 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Well, they should have thought about that before they
decided to move to Haiti.
/s

TheSitRep on January 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM

The devastation is a natural consequence of decades of communist dictator rule. This level of earthquake is very survivable with proper engineering and building codes.

We should ABSOLUTELY go in and render medical aid. What we should NOT do is give billions of U.S. dollars to this nation to continue the current communist leader’s rule over the people. Democracy and capitalism is the only thing that will create a Haiti where they have things like building codes and structures sturdy enough to handle earthquakes like this. I’m sick of this business as usual approach to dictatorships and communist hell holes.

Mojave Mark on January 13, 2010 at 8:11 PM

1/2 of the population is under the age of 18? did the elderly die early of disease? (by elderly, i could mean the ripe old age of 35).

kelley in virginia on January 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

It’s gut-wrenching. Especially so because this is the kind of thing that free markets prevent. Not the earthquake, of course, but the devastation.

pugwriter on January 13, 2010 at 8:15 PM

kelley in virginia on January 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Think more like the Africa of the Atlantic… mix HIV, Famine, nasty water and sewage issues and you more or less have a great island for corruption.

upinak on January 13, 2010 at 8:15 PM

At least it’s not extremely hot. Not much of a silver lining, but geez this is just too damn much. I was weeping on the stationary bicycle at the gym while watching the news streams…good thing I was sweating like a democrat in November which made my eyes really red. Yeah, that’s it.

SouthernGent on January 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Here’s a suggestion: Take the stimulus money that’s created zero jobs here and put it toward relief and infrastructure projects down there. God knows these people need it. I know, I know, it’ll be tough for Democrats to part ways with our money, but they’re always the ones playing the compassion card.

JammieWearingFool on January 13, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Once again how pitifully grateful I am for the completely unmerited blessing of being born in the United States of America.

Bob's Kid on January 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

How many do you think will just say “F**k it! I`m taking a raft to Miami!”

ThePrez on January 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

That’s what scares me. I hope the Coast Guard is ready for that.

KSgop on January 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM

And their prison was also destroyed with the inmates escaping. Add that into the mix.

ThePrez on January 13, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Via the State Department:

To help, text “HAITI” to “90999″ and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Or visit Red Cross and Mercy Corps to contribute. Also call 1-888-407-4747

ginaswo on January 13, 2010 at 8:22 PM

How many do you think will just say “F**k it! I`m taking a raft to Miami!”

ThePrez on January 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I wish there was a vacant island somewhere they could all relocate to so they could just bulldoze Haiti and start over.

How are they ever going to clean that up?

God bless the searches going there and may they have the strength to do what they need to do.

gophergirl on January 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM

searches = searchers

Sorry watching the Gopher/Spartan game while I type

gophergirl on January 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

After 9/11 and the Red Cross malfeasance I only donate to the Salvation Army. More of your dollars given make it to where you intend with the SA than any non-profit.

jukin on January 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM

JammieWearingFool on January 13, 2010 at 8:17 PM

+787 bazillion

LibTired on January 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I’d recommend the Salvation Army as a good relief organization to donate to. They have low overhead and the money goes where it is needed. simkeith on January 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM

AMEN!!! When our island got hit by a hurricane, the SA was there way ahead of the Red Cross and stayed way beyond the Red Cross departure. I didn;t need their assistance but many others did. The SA gets all my donations. PS: It’s not a religious thing…I’m a Catholic.

Dingbat63 on January 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Only money I’ll give will be DIRECTLY to those who will use it. Given their past Haitian history, ripoffs have already started.

GarandFan on January 13, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Just move them all to the other side of the island and tell them “your Dominican Republicans now”.

Buddahpundit on January 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Too bad they can’t send some boats there and take some people to Guantanamo to stay in the unused cells.

imshocked on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

What horror. Where is the world?

ronsfi on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

If the democrats had any compassion whatsoever for the poor people of the world, they would outlaw earthquakes…or at least threaten to sue them.

jukin on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Too bad they can’t send some boats there and take some people to Guantanamo to stay in the unused cells.

imshocked on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

I heard something on the radio today that there was/is talk of sending some refugees to Camp Justice at Gitmo…

uncivilized on January 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM

The devastation is a natural consequence of decades of communist dictator rule. This level of earthquake is very survivable with proper engineering and building codes.

We should ABSOLUTELY go in and render medical aid. What we should NOT do is give billions of U.S. dollars to this nation to continue the current communist leader’s rule over the people. Democracy and capitalism is the only thing that will create a Haiti where they have things like building codes and structures sturdy enough to handle earthquakes like this. I’m sick of this business as usual approach to dictatorships and communist hell holes.

Mojave Mark on January 13, 2010 at 8:11 PM

+ 1 .

4shoes on January 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM

imshocked on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Just heard of Fox that they are sending some Americans to Gitmo temporarily. O came out & said he is concentrating on getting the Americans to safety…

Ladywolfnl on January 13, 2010 at 8:42 PM

This is about the only time Dear Leader has spoke without blaming “it” on Bushhhhhh. That will probably come later.

Dingbat63 on January 13, 2010 at 8:43 PM

I don’t give to REd Cross. Remember the scandals of a few years ago? Salvation Army or Samaritains Purse. Or maybe I’ll asked neighbor who goes there on mission trips if their church is taking donations.

Bullhead on January 13, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Salvation Army Sucks.

UncleZeb on January 13, 2010 at 8:46 PM

So sad. They say there are cries from trapped survivors on almsot every street corner in Port au Prince but no equipment to save them.

Mr Purple on January 13, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Wow,the palace *looks like 3 Daisey Cutters went off
about a 500 feet above it!!

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 8:49 PM

8:40 p.m. — Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, said he is organizing a congressional delegation visit to Haiti. Members will be leaving “as soon as we can,” he said, adding that he expects “a large cross-section of members, even Republicans.”

Let’s waste some more taxpayer money. What exactly do they plan to do? Help dig people out of the rubble? Hah! Spend a few million to fly them there so they can walk around a couple destroyed buildings looking concerned, get their picture taken with a couple pre-selected “survivors” and then hop back on the plane. D-bags.

KSgop on January 13, 2010 at 8:51 PM

This is what happens when you make a pact with Satan, folks.

/sarc

Mike Honcho on January 13, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Here’s another very good ministry, well connected in Haiti, it’s prime country of discipleship and charity. It’s vetted, it’s board members all work day jobs, take no money from the contributions, in fact donate their own to the kitty as well. Been doing it for at least the 20 years I’ve known them. Food, clothing, building supplies, you name it.

http://www.cbms.org/dnn/

Robert17 on January 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM

WOW,going through some of the photos,Haiti is absolutely
devasted!

I heard HilRod mentioning sending help,but has Obama
thought about sending a few Aircraft Carriers near for
assistence,and what about sending hospital ships in!!!

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 9:01 PM

This is about the only time Dear Leader has spoke without blaming “it” on Bushhhhhh. That will probably come later.

Dingbat63 on January 13, 2010 at 8:43 PM

He will make some reference to Katrina in the days and weeks to come.

uknowmorethanme on January 13, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Here’s a suggestion: Take the stimulus money that’s created zero jobs here and put it toward relief and infrastructure projects down there.
JammieWearingFool on January 13, 2010 at 8:17 PM

At the very least they should take the 8 billion in the “Give” and “Serve” act boondoggle which pays people to “volunteer” and redirect that money directly to Haiti.

Buy Danish on January 13, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I heard HilRod mentioning sending help,but has Obama
thought about sending a few Aircraft Carriers near for
assistence,and what about sending hospital ships in!!!

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 9:01 PM

from http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gJs0yn4iHe62KMHx8AVCR7pGgzAA

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was en route and set to arrive Thursday, while destroyers and more Coast Guard ships were on the way, General Douglas Fraser, head of the US Southern Command, told reporters.

Various news articles on Google indicate also indicate that the USNS Comfort may be sent to assist.

malclave on January 13, 2010 at 9:06 PM

International Rescue Committee

Plan

http://www.worldvision.org/

Good ways to get some help to Haiti.

Don’t feed the Trolls!

Maquis on January 13, 2010 at 9:07 PM

There’s a huge difference between the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross. The ARC are the good guys; by comparison, the IRC waste money and (among other things) participate in blood libels of Israel (see Zombie’s site for that one).

IMHO, what scares me about this disaster most is that the One will use it as an excuse to enlarge his bureaucratic clusterfark by claiming a massive plan to fix a broken society (Haiti). As it goes in Africa, you cannot fix problems created by politicians so long as the ones who created the problem remain in power.

Wanderlust on January 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM

American can’t save the world, and we don’t have the obligation to try.

Africa has 54 countries. None of them has done anything to stop the slaughter in Somalia, and none of them did anything to stop the slaughter in Rwanda.

Haiti has been a basket case since being given self rule, and has been a constant drain since then. I feel for the people of Haiti, but its time to either step in and take control of the country from top to bottom, or, once we take care of the immediate humanitarian issues, let them rot.

Countries that produce nothing, create nothing and constantly require money from other countries should be cut off.

thgrant on January 13, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Did a quick intel on who’s sending help!
======================================

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/01/13/montreal-haiti-canada-support.html
——————–

DART going
Canada has promised humanitarian aid and will deploy its Disaster Assistance Response Team to Haiti to help the devastated country.A 20-member reconnaissance team was due to land in Haiti on Wednesday afternoon to determine how best to help, Cannon said
=========================
http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/5067
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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/14/20100113/tpl-uk-sends-team-to-help-in-haitian-ear-81c5b50.html
————————————–
FACTBOX – Countries, aid agencies seeking to help Haiti

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/AMMF-7ZNM7C?OpenDocument
——————–
First U.S. vessel arrives at Port-au-Prince
Ships, planes and deployment of 2,000 Marines slated in rescue effort
—————————————————
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34832613/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 9:14 PM

If ever there was a country that is an absolute chronic failure, it is Haiti. The only thing that can save it is the USA going in and taking it over – lock, stock and stinking barrel.

Now, tragically, even the ruins are in ruins. Prayers for the innocent people.

J.J. Sefton on January 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Here’s a suggestion: Take the stimulus money that’s created zero jobs here and put it toward relief and infrastructure projects down there. God knows these people need it. I know, I know, it’ll be tough for Democrats to part ways with our money, but they’re always the ones playing the compassion card.

JammieWearingFool on January 13, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I have a better idea: how bout no.

I’m not one to see our tax dollars go into the swiss bank accounts of UN bureaucrats and corrupt Haitian pols. It would be a much better thing to give immediate aid through private channels: give the stimulus back to the people so they can donate more to charity.

Of course, you can’t help nations that in the end can’t help themselves. Haiti is so bass ackwards that a disaster like this would inevitably lead to an apocalypse of sorts. Well, we got a 7.0 earthquake and now look at what happened.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened before either. There’s been disaster in other places where government’s seriously mismanaged things to make things worse, then they kindly ask us for help, then kindly forget it after we fix things.

I’m not willing to go so far as to tell Haiti to shove it where the sun don’t shine. I say this time get over there and help them. Next time, however, help comes with a price.

Chaz706 on January 13, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Various news articles on Google indicate also indicate that the USNS Comfort may be sent to assist.

malclave on January 13, 2010 at 9:06 PM

malclave: Excellent,it appears our Dart Team is also on the
way from Canada,I think a lot of countries are re
sponding quickly!!

Btw,Kudo’s to the US Military’s Humanitarian Miss
ion in Haiti!!:)

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 9:22 PM

What horror. Where is the world?

ronsfi on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Copenhagen…

Seven Percent Solution on January 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM

If I gave to an organization, it’d be the Red Cross. No others.

ted c on January 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Even if they hire SEIU workers and Teamsters? I just found that out today. Find some other venue for donations for Haiti.

Sloan Morganstern on January 13, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Re: donations, The Anchoress recommended Food for the Poor.

They allocate 97 percent of their budget to programs and focus on Latin America & The Caribbean.

bluestatered on January 13, 2010 at 9:38 PM

And I have no idea why my links aren’t showing, sorry

trying again

http://www.foodforthepoor.org/newsroom/news/earthquake-in-haiti-1.html

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/theanchoress/

bluestatered on January 13, 2010 at 9:40 PM

A U.S. microbiologist expects the aftereffects to last for years and calls, explicitly, for a Marshall plan to help the country rebuild.

Do you need billions to rebuild shantytowns?

I’m all for the usual humanitarian help but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, Haiti is like it is for a reason. The US occupied and built it into a nation from 1915-1934, by the end of the 30’s it was right back where it was in 1914. It has never been any different, and it won’t be anytime soon.

jarodea on January 13, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Copenhagen…

Seven Percent Solution on January 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Seven Percent Solution: Yup!:)

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 10:04 PM

….I`m taking a raft to Miami!”
ThePrez on January 13, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Haiti to Miami is almost 700 miles. Cuba’s a lot closer. Think the Castro brothers will put out the welcome mat?

marybel on January 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM

As I watched the news of I kept staring at the map of the island that Haiti and the Dominican Republic inhabited together and wondered – Why is one country a basket case and the other is in so much better condition. I mean, both live on the same type of geography and climate. But the DR is one of the brighter economic stars in the Caribbean.

Then it struck me.

Haiti has suffered decades under dictatorships. DR is a democracy.

Chalk one up for democratic freedom.

WC on January 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

I heard HilRod mentioning sending help,but has Obama
thought about sending a few Aircraft Carriers near for
assistence,and what about sending hospital ships in!!!

Comfort was activated this morning but won’t be leaving for 5 days. (They have to call up the medical personnel.) I was told she should be in Haiti next Friday.

CJ on January 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Another medical issue is the disposal of bodies. Haiti is incapable of dealing with that much dead and those corpses will be decomposing all over the country.

RadClown on January 13, 2010 at 10:18 PM

You can figure a dead minimum 50% more fatalities of the next few months- if everything goes well. More likely matching or doubling the current fatalities would be a guess, considering the level of water infrastructure destroyed.

Absolutely horrific.

michaelo on January 13, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Has Bill Clinton weighed in on this disaster? He had been named as special envoy to Haiti by the UN back in the spring.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN19281816._CH_.2400

onlineanalyst on January 13, 2010 at 10:52 PM

If Time says it’s a myth, chances are it’s probably 100% factual.

tsj017 on January 13, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Quarantine/Blockade the place: Sea, Air & Land. All non Haitians to depart immediately. Let nature take its course. Countless millions of dollars have been pumped down a rat hole trying to help this place over several decades. Let what will be, be.

mrpeabody on January 13, 2010 at 11:35 PM

We have ships with desalination plants on board. Will it be too late when they get there? I worry far more about tetanus. Many of these injuries are open wounds in dirty, contaminated areas. Tetanus is painful and ugly.

nor on January 14, 2010 at 12:09 AM

I’d recommend the Salvation Army as a good relief organization to donate to. They have low overhead and the money goes where it is needed.

simkeith on January 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM

+1.

TexasDan on January 14, 2010 at 12:13 AM

I’d give my money to the Christian missionaries there instead of government and multinational/U.N. bureaucrats.

maynila on January 14, 2010 at 12:29 AM

the most callous comment of all…”Do you know how much it will cost to rebuild Haiti?”
Don’t ask the leader of a country, who is going to spend his night, and many other nights, i an FRIGGIN TENT…
HOW MUCH IS THIS GONNA COST?!?!?!? I mean, C’mon, people, this douche won’t even ask how much Obamacare is gonna cost, but he asks a homeless President “how much are you gonna awe us?” Fukin MSM…

viviliberoomuori on January 14, 2010 at 2:41 AM

errr. Owe us.. sorry, had a few beerz before posting….

viviliberoomuori on January 14, 2010 at 2:42 AM

I’m not willing to go so far as to tell Haiti to shove it where the sun don’t shine. I say this time get over there and help them. Next time, however, help comes with a price.

Chaz706 on January 13, 2010 at 9:19 PM

And the word about next time gets delivered this time.

Along with the aid of course. Just so there is no opportunity for ‘surprise’ next time, when the strings come attached.

RD on January 14, 2010 at 3:32 AM

As I watched the news of I kept staring at the map of the island that Haiti and the Dominican Republic inhabited together and wondered – Why is one country a basket case and the other is in so much better condition. I mean, both live on the same type of geography and climate. But the DR is one of the brighter economic stars in the Caribbean.

Then it struck me.

Haiti has suffered decades under dictatorships. DR is a democracy.

Chalk one up for democratic freedom.

WC on January 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

This doesn’t really explain it IMHO.

I’d like to think A causes B, but that’s not the real story. Don’t you need a population that is able to keep a functioning democratic republic intact after you hand it over to them lock, stock and barrel? Otherwise basket-case status ensues, no matter what. The lack of a democratic republic and basket-case status are traveling companions, not a causality chain. Past experience in Haiti has shown only devolution and the destruction of assets after being given absolute freedom, and this prevents Haiti from even reaching the first rung of the ladder.

When I look at the island of Hispaniola, what I see is two completely different populations (“collectives”), one that is able to rise to the challenge of generating wealth, and one that is not, and has proven capable only of destroying wealth.

The majority life skill in Haiti seems to be living off the land, which in a ‘tiny country’ such as Haiti is not possible long-term. Cutting trees down will get you… catastrophic deforestation in the relative blink of an eye.

Such scavenging is only possible with a relatively small population with vast territory to roam/hunt. From this perspective — which the Dominican Republic does not share because they know how to manage their resources — Haiti is vastly overpopulated/overcrowded, the result of a deliberate historical ‘accident’ (an unnatural ‘immigration’ at the point of a gun), and IMHO cannot subsist in this manner.

In a way, they have their own bailout/collapse dynamic to work through, even without the devastation caused by the earthquakes. Populations will decline, I fear, before a new steady-state is reached.

I say this knowing of a select few Haitians that are completely above this hand-to-mouth existence. They have found themselves among the U.N./NGO elite for decades. Of course they, along with some other best & brightest that could manage to escape, escaped long ago.

RD on January 14, 2010 at 4:07 AM

I’d recommend the Salvation Army as a good relief organization to donate to. They have low overhead and the money goes where it is needed.

simkeith on January 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM

The SA already has permanent facilities — clinics and shelters — in Haiti, and they’ve got tons of supplies, ready to ship, stateside, when they can get it through. And most importantly, they’ve got a low overhead.

Nichevo on January 14, 2010 at 4:14 AM

8:40 p.m. — Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, said he is organizing a congressional delegation visit to Haiti. Members will be leaving “as soon as we can,” he said, adding that he expects “a large cross-section of members, even Republicans.”

Let’s waste some more taxpayer money. What exactly do they plan to do? Help dig people out of the rubble? Hah! Spend a few million to fly them there so they can walk around a couple destroyed buildings looking concerned, get their picture taken with a couple pre-selected “survivors” and then hop back on the plane. D-bags.

KSgop on January 13, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Right- They should be barred from going. Every last inch of air cargo needs to be filled with rescue supply’s and qualified rescue teams not congressional dirt bags.

Ed Laskie on January 14, 2010 at 6:07 AM

Guess I missed it, but I listen to the countries offering aid (mainly the US and Europe) and never hear China or any Muslim countries stepping forward to offer aid.

albill on January 14, 2010 at 6:27 AM

The best solution would be to move all the remaining Haitians to Detroit, and then burn and plow the country into the sea. No need to “start over”, since there was no “there” there to begin with. The reason I chose Detroit is simple: it would be easy for Haitians to fit into a dysfunctional society like Detroit’s, caused by many of the same problems including corruption, illiteracy, and rampant breeding.

bradley11 on January 14, 2010 at 6:45 AM

What horror. Where is the world?

ronsfi on January 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

They don’t want to get involved. Nothing new there. I saw a unit of Taiwanese folks in the Globe pictures yesterday, FWIW.

dogsoldier on January 14, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Sometimes the ugly side comes out at the wrong time.

I’m glad that the quake didn’t hit the UK instead of Haiti or our Dear Leader might have slipped up again.

Coming out a day or so later, He would have given a shout out to all the NFL teams still in the playoffs (and the struggles of Da Bears), maybe comment about the healthcare struggle and His daughter’s grades before “Oh yea, we gotta do somethin’ about those Brits…” Sometimes the ugly side comes out at the wrong time.

I’m glad that the quake didn’t hit the UK instead of Haiti or our Dear Leader might have slipped up again.

Coming out a day or so later, He would have given a shout out to all the NFL teams still in the playoffs (and mentioned the struggles of Da Bears), maybe comment about the healthcare struggle and His daughter’s grades before “Oh yea, we gotta do somethin’ about those Brits…”

IlikedAUH2O on January 14, 2010 at 7:28 AM

albill on January 14, 2010 at 6:27 AM

My understanding was that China were the 1st there. I believe they sent rescuers. France is sending earth moving equipment. Venezuala is sending help too. I havent heard about any muslim nations, of course.

I worry about the malaria showing up too. This isnt going to be good.

becki51758 on January 14, 2010 at 7:48 AM

8:40 p.m. — Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, said he is organizing a congressional delegation visit to Haiti. Members will be leaving “as soon as we can,” he said, adding that he expects “a large cross-section of members, even Republicans.”

Why do they need to go there? So they can go “tsk, tsk, this is a horrible situation”? We all know this is a disaster of monumental proportions. Better to take the money they would spend to travel there and back and use that money to provide aid to the Haitians. Come on, Congress! Get a clue!

NavyMustang on January 14, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Yet one can indeed contract cholera from drinking corpse-water tea.

Intrepid on January 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Only if the bodies are already contaminated with cholera.

MarkTheGreat on January 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM

1/2 of the population is under the age of 18? did the elderly die early of disease? (by elderly, i could mean the ripe old age of 35).

kelley in virginia on January 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

High birth rate and low life expectancy does that.

MarkTheGreat on January 14, 2010 at 9:09 AM

At least it’s not extremely hot.

SouthernGent on January 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM

According to the weather channel’s web site, it’s going to hit 91 today in Port au Prince.

It’s hot year round down there.

MarkTheGreat on January 14, 2010 at 9:13 AM

The only thing that can save it is the USA going in and taking it over – lock, stock and stinking barrel.

J.J. Sefton on January 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM

With any luck, we can bring it up to the standards of, say, Detroit?

MarkTheGreat on January 14, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Time is full of crap.

Perhaps those killed from the initial quake won’t be a vector for disease outbreaks (unless some of those were already infected with something), but once people start dying from infectious disease or bacteriological infections, then corpses do become a vector.

Add to that the vermin and insects attracted by the dead and their interaction with the living – game over.

catmman on January 14, 2010 at 9:28 AM

The Red Crescent is never around when you need them!

Akzed on January 14, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Please don’t forget the Salvation Army either.

Lady Heather on January 14, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Right- They should be barred from going. Every last inch of air cargo needs to be filled with rescue supply’s and qualified rescue teams not congressional dirt bags.

I second that.

Use the money instead for doctors, nurses, food, and water.

Lady Heather on January 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Salvation Army Sucks.

UncleZeb on January 13, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Why did you say that, UncleZeb? What is your basis for that claim?

I’ve been employed by both the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and have been a volunteer for both as well, over the past 30 years or so. Ever since 9/11, I’ve given the Red Cross only blood. I give money to the Salvation Army — they are true professionals at making it do “the most good” in many different ways, and they know that human beings aren’t just bodies, they are souls as well. The Red Cross doesn’t tell anyone about Jesus. I’m glad that the Salvation Army does, while they’re taking care of people in His name.

KyMouse on January 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I heard HilRod mentioning sending help,but has Obama
thought about sending a few Aircraft Carriers near for
assistence,and what about sending hospital ships in!!!

canopfor on January 13, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Not sure which Aircraft carriers are going, but typically a Carrier has 3 surgical suites with mulitple operating rooms. And has the capaicity to desalinate thousands of gallons of sea water to drinking water each day. With helicopters for transport and massive bays for all sorts of needs. Since they are nuclear, they store millions of gallons of fuel oil in their bunkers to supply others. In addition, they do not travel alone, there are at least a dozen smaller ships that screen and provide support.

So multiple hospital wings, vast supplys, a portable airport with helicopters to ferry goods (and in range of Gitmo) and thousands of sailors and marines. Sounds like the best plan to me. Obama gets a B+ from me on deploying two carrier groups to Haiti from me.

barnone on January 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

One solution a sound economic policy in Haiti…let’s say gold. And yes you neocons RON PAUL said this in an interview with Russia Today.

Speaking about the earthquake in Haiti, Paul said, “just handing out money to Haiti is not going to solve their problems.”

According to the outspoken politician, the best thing the US could do for Haiti in the long term would be to introduce the country to sound economic policies so that they would not suffer from poverty.

BobAnthony on January 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM

But since you guys are talking about giving…here in CT-Stan we have a charity AmeriCares.

BobAnthony on January 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Never let a crises go to waste. I suspect there will be a lot more Democrats in South Florida by election time.

therealfranklin on January 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Thank God for Texas!

amytexas on January 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM

It is simple, all they new to do is pass an Obama care bill and cap & Trade. They’d be fixed up in short order.

I mean is that Haiti a shovel ready job or what?

TheSitRep on January 14, 2010 at 7:12 PM