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Medical Care Volunteers

The outpouring of support and offers of goods and services to the country of Haiti from Americans and the world community has been unprecedented. On behalf of the United States Government, thank you for your concern and offers of assistance with the disaster relief and recovery efforts. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead federal agency for the U.S. response and has set up a web site where you can learn more about current needs and how to help. Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/helphaiti/ for more information.

To facilitate meeting the medical service needs in Haiti, USAID has implemented new software to expedite the process through which responders may evaluate donations and medical volunteer offers. To learn more about relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and about how you can help please visit the USAID website at http://www.usaid.gov/haiti/ and click on the “offer medical volunteer service” link.   The link will take you to a non-U.S. government website where your offer of assistance can be matched with the needs of disaster relief organizations on the ground. Please note that registering does not guarantee a placement on a medical team in Haiti.

We would like to make it easier to take advantage of your skills and willingness to volunteer in future health emergencies, whether domestic or international. Please consider participation in two important disaster relief programs that would greatly benefit from your interest and expertise, the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) (esarvhp@hhs.gov) and the Medical Reserve Corps. These programs allow you the opportunity to establish a relationship with your state or the federal government in advance of an event, so that you can be prepared, credentialed and ready to go before the need strikes.