n South African Medical Journal - Haiti tragedy shakes up SA's emergency response planning : izindaba

Volume 100, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The tragic Haitian earthquake that claimed at least a quarter of a million lives this January and devastated that island has provided a sobering wake-up call for volunteer South African emergency medics who pitched in to help. South Africa's response was fragmented, with two NGOs operating separately and independently. The lessons learnt have led to a joint initiative between the largest emergency academic medicine divisions in the country.

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