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Dartmouth's response to the Haiti earthquake disaster


Haitian Medical Students Spend Summer at Dartmouth and DHMC - Two medical students from Haiti—Jean-Kensley Germinal and Théodule Jean-Baptiste—spent the summer term at Dartmouth, taking classes and shadowing doctors in the OB-GYN and emergency departments at Dartmouth Hitchcock-Medical Center (DHMC). They are the sixth and seventh Haitian students to study at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), including full-time undergraduate Yves-Marie Duperval '14, since the country was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010. Read the full story


Dance for a Dream: Haiti Medical Education Benefit
April 13, 2012 at 7pm, Collis Common Ground

Dartmouth Men's Soccer vs. Haiti National Team
April 20, 2012 at 7pm, Burnham Field 

Cholera Outbreak

On December 4, 2010 Dartmouth partnered with Vanderbilt University to send over 1,400 lbs of supplies, including seven water purification systems. Four of the systems will be located in Port-au-Prince under the care of GHESKIO, and three will be located in Fonds des Blancs under the care of St. Boniface Foundation. Dartmouth for Clean Water, a Tucker Foundation student group, donated three of the solar-powered systems. The group had already placed three systems in Port-au-Prince, donated by the Class of 1969, before the 2010 earthquake. 

In November, Dartmouth sent much needed dialysis supplies to Partners in Health to assist with acute renal failure. Dr. Brian Remillard, who led Dartmouth Team Three, helped send these additional supplies and offered medical support.

On October 26, 2010 6,000 lbs of IV supplies & fluids, antibiotics, mops, buckets, bleach, hand sanitizer, diapers, trash bags, soap and other supplies arrived in Haiti to Partners in Health facilities. Thank you so much for the support and donations from the community and regional hospitals. Watch "Dartmouth Calls On Community For Help" from

Dartmouth Haiti Response

Dartmouth’s Haiti response is an ongoing collaboration involving Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Dartmouth Medical School, and Partners In Health. The response includes donations of cash from Dartmouth’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends; equipment and supplies from the Medical School, DHMC, and many companies and partners; and the expertise of dedicated doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who have volunteered to go to Haiti to help heal the injured. It is truly an effort of the entire Dartmouth community and Dartmouth Haiti Response is committed to meeting the long-term needs of Haiti. Six months after the earthquake, we are in the long-term planning phases for how to continue to stand with Haiti.

Medical Support

To date, we have sent over 51 medical professionals and over 40 tons of medical supplies to Haiti supported by over $1.5 million from the Dartmouth community’s monetary donations and in-kind donations. Dartmouth Haiti Response Team Seven returned safely from Haiti after successfully completing 39 surgeries while working alongside Haitian providers at the Partners In Health hospital in Cange, Haiti. To meet the long-term needs, Dartmouth is partnering with PIH to determine next steps and possibly invest in a site which will be supported with medical personnel and supplies. While next steps are being determined, Dartmouth is developing educational initiatives and other infrastructure to meet other community needs.

Educational Support

For the Spring 2010 term, Dartmouth accepted its first two displaced Haitian students so that they could continue their studies and return to Haiti once their University is rebuilt. Daphnée Charles and Ronel Lefranc have both returned and resumed classes at Université Quisqueya (UniQ) in Port-au-Prince. Dartmouth also extended the undergraduate admissions deadline through April 15, 2010 for first-year, transfer, and the Special Community Student program to displaced Haitian students. Through this extended deadline process, one student from Port au Prince, Yves-Marie Duperval, joined the Class of 2014 in the fall. Dartmouth Medical School also worked with the Université d’État d’Haïti to accept two Medical School students who are taking classes for credit for a one year exchange starting in the fall of 2011. Dartmouth obtained UpToDate access for Université d’État d’Haïti Medical School.

Long-term, Dartmouth will look forward to working with Haitian universities on curriculum so that they can rebuild and cultivate young minds for the future. In addition, Dartmouth will focus on academic initiatives including potential undergraduate, graduate, and professional school exchange programs.

Thank you for your continued interest and support in meeting Haiti’s long-term needs.


Wednesday, April 20: Quilts line library with symbols of strength, life (The Dartmouth)

Monday, April 11: Panelists discuss Haiti’s culture, reconstruction (The Dartmouth)

Monday, April 11: Soccer hosts Haiti in benefit game (The Dartmouth)

Sunday, February 27: Dartmouth Team 7 returned safely from Haiti after successfully completing 39 surgeries while working alongside Haitian providers at the Partners In Health hospital in Cange, Haiti.

Friday, February 18: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Personnel Return to Haiti (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center)

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How You Can Help

  • Checks can be made out to "Dartmouth College," with "Dartmouth Haiti Relief" in the memo line, and sent to: 
    • Dartmouth Haiti Response
      c/o Molly Bode
      President's Office, HB 6001
      Dartmouth College
      Hanover, NH 03755
  • If you believe you have specific expertise, skills, or access to resources that would be helpful, please email
  • Students with questions or ideas can email
Daphnée Charles and Ronel Lefranc

Still standing with Haiti

Dartmouth College has admitted two undergraduate students from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Daphnée Charles and Ronel Lefranc, who are both students at Université Quisqueya (UniQ) in Port-au-Prince. They will begin spring term classes on March 29, and will be taking courses primarily in environmental studies and economics. Read more...

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Last Updated: 4/3/12