First, a statement from the American Anthropological Association's president:
As we all know by now, Haiti has been hit by a natural disaster of horrible magnitude. For a country struggling for so long with inadequate infrastructure, widespread poverty, long-standing health problems, and frequent political instability, the earthquake on Tuesday and its many aftershocks are nothing less than a nightmare of unfathomable proportions.
And this is from the organization Partners in Health:
We are deeply grateful for the multitude of people who have contacted us wanting to provide medical assistance, medicine and supplies. While we wish we could use all of the support so generously offered, we urgently need the following:
- Orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, OR nurses, post-op nurses, and surgical technicians. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any volunteers without significant surgical or trauma training and experience. If your qualifications match our needs, please fill out this form.
- Orthopedic supplies, surgical consumables (sutures, bandages, non-powdered sterile gloves, syringes, etc.), and large unopened boxes of medications. Unfortunately, we cannot accept small quantities or unused personal medications. We also need blankets, tents, and satellite phones with minutes. People with private planes willing to fly medical personnel and/or large quanities of supplies are also greatly needed. To donate any of the above goods, please fill out this form.
From BBC News via Material World:
Type "Haiti" into Twitter, Facebook or Youtube and you soon encounter a message from @redcross sent at 05:38 GMT on Jan 13.
In less than 48 hours, the American Red Cross had received more than $35m in donations - including $8m directly from texts.
"This breaks all world records for a mobile giving campaign," says their spokeswoman, Gloria Huang.
"It's been incredible. People have donated more to Haiti than to Hurricane Katrina or the tsunami in Asia.
"And Twitter has played an extremely significant part."
For some more sources about Haiti, go to Barbara Miller's post "Recent sources on Haitian culture and social change."
Also, check out "Three Presidents unite to aid Haiti," by SusanG over at DailyKos.
From the LA Times: "Aid pours into Haiti airport as relief workers struggle to distribute it."