In direct response to the Haitian earthquake of January 2010, a team of Doctors and Paramedics landed a privately donated jet on a road in the south of the country within 72hr hours of the quake. They were some of the first non-military personnel to make it into Haiti and immediately began operating medical emergency services shortly after landing.
The name, IMAT: International Medical Assistance Team was used as an organizational name at the time, and the organization, though small, has gained deep respect in Haiti for its ongoing work and especially the running of three of Haiti’s only remaining Cholera outreach clinics, that have to date saved the lives of 2,182 individuals who live in villages too remote to have access to medical treatment.
IMAT is a tiny organization that has no paid staff and is entirely volunteer led and run by people with full-time jobs in the medical and emergency response world (meaning our original team of Doctors and Fireman that landed in Haiti).
Our aim is to provide Humanitarian support in any crisis that is too large for the capacity of that country’s domestic government to manage. We do this via the provision of medical equipment and supplies, water sanitation, emergency food, emergency shelter and psychological support.