As I reflect on 2010, three words capture the mood among staff and volunteer leaders: hopeful, committed and inspired. Because of your support, Physicians for Peace is stronger, more agile and better positioned to respond to our partners’ healthcare needs today than we have been at any other point in our 21-year history that’s a milestone worth celebrating.
Weeks after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Physicians for Peace became a founding member of the Haitian Amputee Coalition. Our efforts to mobilize money, supplies and volunteers to help Haiti’s disabled population put into sharp focus the benefits of longtime partnerships in the U.S. and Haiti. By year’s end, over 600 Haitian amputee patients had received rehabilitative and prosthetic treatment from teams of qualified healthcare professionals at the on-site clinic established by the coalition at Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Many of these patients lost a limb in the earthquake of January 2010; others had been waiting for a prosthesis for years. We also supported Haiti with a nationwide prosthetic drive that exceeded the capacity of our 10,000-square-foot warehouse. Our experiences in Haiti have reinforced our belief that strategic nongovernmental organization (NGO) partnerships can play a leadership role in paving the road for real solutions in Haiti and beyond.
In this report, you’ll learn more about our year through actual stories from the field. Whether you’ve volunteered, supported a mission financially or through an in-kind donation, or helped us reach out to new friends through personal connections or social media, you’ve played an invaluable role in our year, and for that I thank you. Like my staff and members of our Board, I feel hopeful, committed and inspired as I look ahead to 2011and beyond.