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August 28, 2021. Health through Walls, together with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, prepare supplies for distribution including: Food, hygiene items, etc. Please donate to Health through Walls so we may continue to purchase necessary medical supplies, medicines and equipment that are urgently needed in Haiti's Southern region where the 7.2 earthquake and tropical storm killed and injured thousands in mid August. 800k affected. 650K in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. Thank you again for your kind donations.

August 19, 2021. Health through Walls needs your help in responding to the massive 7.2 earthquake in the Southwestern peninsula of Haiti. The August 14, 2021 earthquake was stronger than the 2010 earthquake and is followed by ongoing strong aftershocks. Two days later, damage and despair increased when Tropical Depression Grace hit the same region causing additional flooding and hundreds of landslides. Infrastructure in general is in a shambles. For example, water pipes shifted during the quake leaving some towns without drinking water.

More than 2,000 people have died and 12,000 plus injured. Approximately 53,000 buildings destroyed and 63,000 damaged (including hospitals and clinics). The remaining hospitals are not fully functioning, lack supplies and medicine, and have hundreds of patients waiting for care for their serious injuries. UNICEF estimated 1.2 million people have been impacted by the earthquake. More than 579,000 people in the three most affected areas need emergency humanitarian assistance.

Thank you to those who have already donated funds making it possible for us to purchase much needed medical supplies, medications and vital items such as generators in time for us to load onto a cargo plane (free of charge) heading to Haiti this week. We are now gathering more donations to purchase additional desperately needed supplies to go on another cargo flight.

The needs are great. Our local doctors, nurses and other support staff, who live and work in the towns where the earthquake struck, immediately pitched in at the local hospitals. Our medical staff on the ground provided us with lists of what supplies and medicines are urgently needed and critical to recovery right now. Additionally, we need to provide direct assistance to our staff - some whose homes were damaged or totally destroyed. Like others, they have been sleeping in the streets out of fear their houses will collapse on them.

HtW provides health care services in multiple prisons in Haiti's Southwestern region. Some prisons suffered damages, prisoners broke out of their cells for fear of the prison collapsing on them, and there were escape attempts and actual escapes. For example, some cells collapsed at the Anse-à-Veau prison causing the prison administration to transfer 220 prisoners to police stations in four different towns. The walls of the prison in Les Cayes partially collapsed, several cell walls cracked, and they also had to transfer many prisoners. The prison doors and windows in Jérémie were destroyed when prisoners were trying to escape. Similarly, the police station in Acquin was damaged.

There are many needs in the prisons. After the earthquake, the prison authority transferred hundreds of prisoners to other national prisons and police stations. Our primary focus is infectious and contagious disease and we have many prisoner patients who receive treatment for TB or HIV, for example. We are urgently trying to locate our patients who were transferred so we can continue their care. Additionally, as we did in earlier disaster situations, we are providing the prisons with necessary materials including equipment, medicines, hygiene kits, food products and drinking water where needed.

Health through Walls has solid experience responding to post-disaster needs in Haiti's prisons and in the community: the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic, the large scale malnutrition crisis in the prisons, damages to prisons from hurricanes and storms, and the Covid-19 pandemic which hit the prisons as well. HtW's dedicated and selfless staff, have continued to work through prison riots, gang violence, etc.

Thank you in advance for your kind donations.

Gross overcrowding forces many prisoners to stand to sleep. Lack of space and exercise can cause swelling of feet from insufficient circulation.

"Adequate prisoner health not only controls infectious disease, but also contributes to safe, secure, and humane institutions - part of establishing a society of justice, prosperity and peace."
    -- Dr. John May, President, Health through Walls

Health through Walls works with prison authorities in developing countries to implement replicable and sustainable systems to develop their capacity to provide prisoners with meaningful health services such as medical screening, treatment, and discharge planning leading to continuity of care upon release. Our priority is the prevention, identification and treatment of infectious and contagious disease -- particularly HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis.

Please join us on this important mission and journey!


The United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Global Focal Point arrangement (GFP) has awarded a contract to Health Through Walls (HtW) extending through 14 July 2021 to assist with building preparedness and enhance contingency planning for health related issues in prisons, focused on mitigating the risks of communicable diseases. HtW will provide remote desk support on corrections health issues in the context of COVID-19 emergency response and offer non-binding advice on health and medical-related questions in prison environments. They will also review and advise on the development of health corrections guidelines. Information about HtW can be found at


Health through Walls and Resiliency!
July 2020

Health through Walls and Resiliency! Overview of HtW work in Haiti's prisons and in the community. Hats off to our amazing staff! Video created by Health through Walls for the AIDS2020 Virtual conference whose theme was RESILIENCE!

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Dr. Hebert Norvelus and medical staff take vital signs during HtW health screenings of prisoners in one of Haiti's national prisons.

HtW makes presentation on Tuberculosis in Haitian Prisons at the American Correctional Association Conference on February 2, 2014 in Tampa, Florida (left to right) Mark Andrews (Secretary/Treasurer HtW), Dr. John P. May (Medical Director HtW), Dr. Edwin Prophete (HtW), Dr. Jean-Pierre Elie (Medical Director of Haiti's national prisons), Karine, Duverger (Administrator and Chief of Party, HtW Haiti)

Thank you Board Member Marty Mueller for donating this beautiful Haitian painting to the new Health through Walls office. Our office space was donated to HtW by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Board members l to r: Michelle Karshan, Marty Mueller, John P. May, MD)

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The library was produced by the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) in Nigeria. For info contact: Miracle Adesina, Country Coordinator (Nigeria), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) at or +2347030369940