NLM Expands Post-Quake Support for Haiti

The National Library of Medicine has several new resources to help the people of Haiti and the medical teams responding to the earthquake.

  • The Health Resources for Haiti Web page provides a compilation of resources for medical teams. The page includes Creole-language materials for non-Creole speakers, as well as information on traumatic injuries, mass fatalities, mental health, and the public health consequences of earthquake damage. A widget for the page is available.
  • The NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers, and other publishers have partnered to offer, free, full-text articles from some 200 biomedical journals and  65 select reference books to the medical teams responding in Haiti and the libraries supporting their efforts. The collection, part of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), consists of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and emergency medicine-related titles.
  • MedlinePlus offers selected health information in Haitian Creole (Kreyol). These authoritative, easy-to-read materials also have English translations and cover such topics as infections, disaster recovery, and food and water concerns.
  • The Haiti Earthquake People Locator (HEPL) is an interactive Web site to assist the reunification of family members and loved ones in post-earthquake Haiti. It allows people to search for those who have been found, and to post information about those still missing. Medical and relief personnel in Haiti can submit photographs and descriptions of those they locate via computer, cell phone, or a specialized “Found in Haiti” iPhone application developed by the NLM. To assure the broadest possible searches and matches, HEPL shares information with Google’s Person Finder, which is recommended by the US Department of State.