IAEM members were also prominent in the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake
On the 12th January 2010, a devastating earthquake on the Caribbean island country of Haiti caused much loss of life and destruction to this impoverished nation and provoked a national and international humanitarian response.
Two members of the Association, Dr Sinead O’Gorman and Dr Michael Sweeney, Consultants in Emergency Medicine at Letterkenny and Sligo General Hospitals respectively, travelled to Haiti in late January 2010 as part of the initial GOAL humanitarian response. Their involvement was to provide emergency medicine expertise to those who have been injured in the incident. As the two northwest based Consultants in Emergency Medicine prepared to return, they were joined by Dr Paul Kelly, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Wexford General & Waterford Regional Hospital.
IAEM member, Dr Michael Molloy, an Irish emergency medicine trainee then completing a Disaster Medicine Fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Boston, USA, was involved in co-ordinating this hospital’s team in its response to the Haiti earthquake.