Current Project: Haiti
During our first post-earthquake trip, volunteers connected to create a mass casualty ambulance from available supplies in the country. Utilizing a donated bread truck, EMT volunteers were able to move hundreds of patients to hospitals and clinics where they could receive proper medical treatment. We were able to help fill the void in communication between military and civilian organizations on the ground and thus speed up the distribution of food, water, and medical aid to disaster victims in the greater Port-Au-Prince area. Our focus during this trip was to increase communication and prevent unnecessary casualties.
As the post-earthquake relief effort continued, Global D.I.R.T. provided communication assistance and EMS support to Port Au Prince while also collaborating in several hands-on projects. To date, Global Disaster Immediate Response Team has moved over 3 million pounds of food, water, and medical supplies in Haiti. We have also provided logistics support to other organizations in the movement of over 14.6 million pounds of aid.
Currently, we are working to connect all Haitian hospitals together through our PILS System (Patient Information and Logistics System). This system takes advantage of our status as the only 24/7 on-call patient transport service in Haiti. PILS combines our ground transport capabilities with instant notification of various hospitals' patient transport needs. Our organization volunteers safe medical transfer between these willing hospitals. The PILS System also enables hospitals to share emergency medical supplies and infectious disease information. The system also enables participating hospitals to message each other directly for further information, cooperation or concerns.
Global DIRT is also focused on creating a 911 service for Haiti. Our goal is to create a strong emergency system that we can turn over to the Haitian people. Through advanced communication integration, EMS training, and a vehicle maintenance program, we believe that Haiti has the chance to have a 1st world ambulance service for all of its people.
The LIFT System (Logistics for Independent Foreign Transport) provides the ability for NGO’s to ship people and supplies to Haiti. By combining the resources of multiple NGO’s on the ground in Haiti, LIFT allows for the most cost effective and efficient shipping method of both volunteers and goods. The system also provides resources and information for non-profits looking to properly follow Haiti's customs laws. We plan for this system to be an integral part in all future disaster responses by our team.
The HAITI System, currently under development, connects NGO’s on the ground with the resources and contacts of businesses, government officials and other NGO’s. Operating as a digital yellow pages, the system is constantly updated so that vital and important contacts are never lost. The system saves time by providing current, up to date contacts for any NGO.
Global DIRT is also working on an Electronic Medical Record System that utilizes a patient's bio-metric attributes to allow for paperless data entry and instant record identification, even in a person's health card is missing.
We will continue serving in Haiti through the upcoming hurricane season and beyond. This is made possible solely by our volunteers and the donations of our supporters. On behalf of the people of Haiti, we thank you for your continued support!