January 12, 2015

On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and causing horrific injuries to over 300,000. More than 1.5 million people were left homeless after buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince collapsed or were left unusable.  

One affected building was Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s obstetrics hospital, where Canadian physician Wendy Lai worked before and after the earthquake. She tells her story in the video above.



Over the 10 months following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, MSF treated 360,000 patients, performed over 15,000 surgeries, and distributed over 50,000 tents and half a million square litres of water per day. MSF currently manages four hospitals, providing emergency trauma and obstetrical care, neonatal emergency healthcare and treatment of severe burns, and has additionally treated more than 204,000 victims of cholera since 2010, with a mortality rate less than one percent. MSF has worked in Haiti since 1991.


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