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A guided tour of MSF's inflatable hospital, which will be used during the emergency response in Haiti.
Logisticians from the international medical organization Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) are working around the clock to erect an inflatable hospital that has finally arrived from France.
MSF staff in Haiti are working day and night to treat the thousands of people injured in the earthquake. Surgical teams have been carrying out an average of 130 operations per day - this number is steadily rising as the organisation increases its activities.
Like many Haitians, these MSF staff members have been hard hit by the earthquake. Many have lost relatives and most have suffered material loss.

One month after the earthquake One month after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the numbers are still difficult to digest: more than 200,000 deaths, 300,000 injured and hundreds of thousands made homeless. From day one, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been providing life-saving surgery and care. The needs are now evolving as delivering post-operative care and improving people’s living conditions emerge as the greatest priorities.

Nearly two weeks after the earthquake, the emergency medical work that Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) teams are providing is diversifying. The number of operations carried out in Port-au-Prince remains very high, however there are an increasing number of patients in need of post-operative care.
The inflatable hospital at St Louis is now operational, providing better conditions for both staff and patients.

Seven weeks after the earthquake of January 12 left up to 300,000 people injured in Haiti, medical needs remain immense. “The immediate emergency phase may be over, but the long-term work is just beginning, and it’s no less an emergency,” said Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission in Haiti, Karline Kleijer. Thousands of injured people remain in need of long-term care but some of the health providers that responded to the initial emergency phase of the crisis are starting to discharge their patients and leave the country.

Colette Gadenne, who has been managing MSF activities in Haiti over the last few weeks, and Christopher Stokes, General Director of MSF in Brussels, have recently returned from Haiti. In a joint interview, almost two months after the terrible earthquake, they give their views on the situation and highlight "broadly insufficient" aid on the ground.

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