ORSI’s current project is reflected in its mission statement to provide orthopaedic clinical, educational, and infrastructural support to Haiti’s largest hospital, which is also the home of all medical and surgical residency training programs in the country. We believe meeting our objectives will invariably result in improved musculoskeletal function for the population of Haiti, alleviate suffering, and allow a greater proportion of society to be productive.
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 Richter earthquake killed between 250,000 to 300,000 people, maimed hundreds of thousands, and left well over 1 million people homeless. This all occurred in an event that lasted approximately 30 seconds. This, perhaps, represents the greatest event to affect the human condition in our hemisphere in our lifetime, and the suffering is still incomprehensible. Before the quake, orthopaedic surgical services at HUEH were challenged but, after the quake, orthopaedic services were decimated, as was much of HUEH. With less than 50 orthopaedic surgeons in all of Haiti and a huge scope of orthopaedic maladies, building the orthopaedic surgical capabilities at HUEH is mandatory.