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UMB Community Responds to Haiti Crisis

Updated: Thursday, Jan. 21, 9:15 a.m.

From across campus, offers of support have been forthcoming and plans being made:

President Ramsay's statement on Haiti

University President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, has issued a statement regarding the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) response to the crisis in Haiti that can be viewed here.

University Student Government Association

The UMB Student Government Association (USGA) has organized a Haitian Relief event on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, Room 349, from 6 p.m, - 9 p.m. The campus center is located at 621 W. Lombard St. Several speakers have been lined up for the event including doctors and students who have had experience in Haiti. All proceeds from this event will go toward helping to alleviate devastation in Haiti.

The USGA is asking for donations of $5 or nonperishable goods including: baby formula (dry/powder), baby wipes, baby bottles, diapers, baby clothes, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste), hand sanitizer, vitamins, first aid kits, over-the-counter medicines, socks, blankets, mosquito repellent, flashlights, batteries, candles, flip flops, T-shirts, pants, lightweight jackets, water purifier tablets or kits, nonperishable food that is NOT canned (i.e. seal-paks of tuna or sardines, freeze-dried food). There are dozens of other acceptable items; this is just a starter list. Think flat, lightweight, and easily packable.

University of Maryland Medical Center - School of Medicine

The University of Maryland Medical Center is working to mobilize a team of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and other areas to assist in the medical relief effort in Haiti. For this effort, the medical center is working with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is seeking to collaborate with partners that would include the U.S. military or organizations such as the American Red Cross that have the resources and experience in creating the infrastructure to enable the teams to deliver care effectively.

The medical center's relief teams will be formed to meet the specific medical needs requested by the U.S. or Haitian government or organizations with which they are partnering. WBAL-TV did this story Jan. 19 at 11 p.m. at the Shock Trauma Center.

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Dr. Joe O'Neill on WYPR-FM

Joseph O'Neill, MD, MPH, the director of Global Health Initiatives for UMB and a visiting professor in the School of Medicine, was a guest on Dan Rodricks' on WYPR on program Monday, Jan. 18, to discuss the UMB response to the crisis in Haiti. This YouTube video is the first 5 minutes of the program.

The Rodricks program can be heard it its entirety by clicking here.

Law Students Organize Haitian Relief Efforts

The University of Maryland School of Law released the following statement:

"The people of Haiti have suffered a humanitarian disaster of enormous proportions. The School of Law's thoughts are with all Haitians and particularly with members of our own community who have lost family and friends there. Maryland law students will be organizing efforts to mobilize the law school community in supporting the Haitian relief efforts of the American Red Cross International Response Fund and Catholic Relief Services.

"Student Bar Association(SBA)President Pegah Parsi and James Dold, community service chair for SBA and the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, will be working with Teresa Schmiedeler, director of pro bono and public service Initiatives, to organize Haitian Relief Efforts Donation Tables in the law school and other events throughout the semester to show our support. If interested in assisting with this effort, please contact Pegah Parsi at ppars001@umaryland.edu or James Dold at jdold001@umaryland.edu."

(Editor's note: this story will be updated frequently over the next several days as new information becomes available.)

Posting Date: 01/15/2010
Contact Name: Ed Fishel
Contact Phone: 410-706-3801
Contact Email: efishel@umaryland.edu