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Haïti - USA : High Speed Vessel Swift delivers a mobile medical clinic in Haiti
10/11/2010 16:11:54

Haïti - USA : High Speed Vessel Swift delivers a mobile medical clinic in Haiti
Monday, the High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) delivered a fully-equipped mobile medical clinic and 39 pallets of water filters to Port-au-Prince, as the Project Handclasp portion of Southern Partnership Station 2011 kicked off.

Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material donated by America's private sector on a space-available basis aboard U.S. Navy ships for distribution to foreign nation recipients.

The water filters were donated by Pure Water for the World, a non-profit organization helping the rural poor in developing countries by providing clean, safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene education and health and hope that leads to opportunity. The Hydraid brand water filters, manufactured by Cascade Engineering, are simple filters with no moving parts that combat the leading causes of death and disease in the developing world by reducing parasites, bacteria and viruses found in contaminated water. They were presented to Dr. Philippe Avril, Special Projects Coordinator for Pure Water for the World-Haiti Project. "People here are dying from waterborne diseases every day, so we are so thankful to our America counterparts for assisting us in trying to solve this problem," said Avril.

The crew also unloaded a 14 ton mobile medical clinic carrying more than 2,000 lbs. of supplies down Swift’s loading ramp. The mobile medical clinic was donated by the Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation, a Chicago-based asthma treatment organization, and will be delivered to International Child Care, a Christian health development organization. The clinic has 148 boxes aboard, which are loaded with clothes, medical supplies, water and school supplies.

"There is no way to say thank you for this donation, which will help so many and save so many lives," said Robenson Lucceus, Public Relations Coordinator for Child Care International.

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