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UMís Global Institute/Project Medishare Receives $500,000 Grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

2/10/2010

The University of Miami Global Institute/Project Medishare has been awarded $500,000 from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to support its ongoing medical relief efforts for earthquake survivors in Haiti and to help meet the future needs of the Haitian people.

The Global Institute/Project Medishare will use the grant for medical equipment essential to the continued provision of urgent care to critically injured patients at the University of Miami's hospital in Haiti. The 240-bed tent hospital at the edge of the Port-au-Prince airport was spearheaded by Barth Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, who led the first medical team to the devastated capital a day after the January 12 quake.

"We are grateful to President Clinton and President Bush for helping us continue our vital, life-saving work in Haiti," said Green, who co-founded Project Medishare 15 years ago to improve health care access in Haiti. "Before the earthquake struck, we were developing a plan for a critical care hospital and trauma system in Haiti. The grant will help make possible the transition of our tent-based field hospital to a sustainable facility for the long-term care of the Haitian people."

Among the critically needed items included in the grant application are a 64-slice CT scanner, dialysis machines, angiographic equipment and digital X-ray, fluoroscopy and anesthesia machines.

At the request of President Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to raise money for immediate relief and long-term support of survivors of Haiti's devastating earthquake. Presidents Clinton and Bush oversee the fund through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Texas.