Solidarity with Haiti, 10 Years After the Earthquake

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was devastating both in terms of loss of life and utter destruction in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The overwhelming tragedy attracted the world’s attention–for a moment.

But Partners In Health is interested in more than a moment. Our Haitian colleagues immediately responded to the disaster, and continued our decades-long work rebuilding the public health system, alongside our partners in the national government.

With your support over the past 10 years, PIH has built a world-class teaching hospital, launched a mental health program, battled malnutrition, fought cholera, and so much more. While the need remains great, so does our conviction to stand with Haiti.

Measuring the Earthquake's Impact

On January 12, 2020, we remember the devastating 7.0 earthquake that 10 years ago struck Port-au-Prince, the capital and most populous city of Haiti. Its impact was historically unprecedented, in Haiti and around the world.

220,000-300,000 individuals estimated dead.

Data provided by CNN
2.3 million people displaced.
Data provided by the United Nations

More than 50 hospitals and health centers collapsed.

Data provided by the United Nations

Damages estimated at
$7.8 billion (120% of Haiti’s GDP).

Data provided by the World Bank.


Chances are, you don’t have the full story.


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Our Impact

With your support, Partners In Health has delivered health care in Haiti for more than 30 years, in partnership with the Haitian government. Since the earthquake in 2010:

123 residents graduated, 116 currently enrolled.

7,773 mental health visits, part of a program launched as a direct response to the earthquake.

21 nurse anesthetists trained, all currently working in Haiti.

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News From Haiti

Arial view of University Hospital

University Hospital in Haiti Earns Global Accreditation for Medical Education Programs

University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, received formal accreditation from an international oversight group this week, affirming that the hospital’s medical education and residency programs meet the highest global standards—and causing Dr. Paul Farmer to reach for a seat.  “There’s a Haitian expression—news that demands a chair,” said Farmer, Partners In

Morning shift change in the emergency department at University Hospital in Mirebalais with doctors and residents.

Graduates of Medical Residencies Bolster Haiti’s Health System

Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was devastating, killing nearly 300,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands more. The disaster’s impact on the medical community was swift, and would be felt over the long term. The nursing school in Port-au-Prince collapsed during its afternoon session, killing every third-year nurse and instructor within. The

Emergency Care course at the PIH office

Training the Trainers: Emergency Medicine Course Aims to Expand Care in Haiti

Dr. Linda Rimpel said two of the most important questions about lifesaving care—where are you when you have an emergency, and what can be done for you—are, all too often, much too closely connected.   “Emergencies happen everywhere in the world, but they are not treated equally,” Rimpel, chief of

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