IDF Haiti Delegation Returning to Israel

Jewish/Israeli world Haiti disaster relief updates:

On Sunday the IDF Medical Corps hospital in Haiti began transferring dozens of patients (orphans and premature babies) to the Italian hospital in Haiti and to the US Navy Ship, the ‘Comfort’. The team will conclude operations in the next few days and its members will return to Israel by Thursday. Fifteen patients currently remain at the hospital; other than emergency cases, new patients are no longer being admitted.

During their stay in Haiti, the the hospital treated more than 1102 patients, conducted 314 successful surgeries and delivered 16 births including three by Caesarian section.

Part of the equipment brought by the delegation will remain in Haiti for use by the various medical personnel, including tents, medications and other medical equipment. Heavy equipment will be brought back to Israel.

(The IDF hospital information was updated on Tuesday morning with new information).

The UJA Federation of Toronto has facilitated the donation of $1.1 million of medical supplies (currently in transit to Haiti) and their United Jewish Appeal’s Hope for Haiti Disaster Relief Fund has raised $515,000 – all of which has been used to support an IsraAID medical team already on the ground in Haiti.

The Jewish Federations of North America have raised $2.2 million (as of Monday afternoon).

Israel based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is donating $7.2 million worth of drugs and medical equipment to Haiti, starting with antibiotics and painkillers.

from the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Contributions continue to pour in for relief efforts. Twelve days after the massive earthquake struck, donors have contributed more than $438 million to 35 U.S. nonprofit groups. (See a list of tallies prepared by The Chronicle)