Partners in Development Inc. operates a medical clinic in Port-au-Prince and has been aiding Haiti for 20 years.

Ipswich-based Partners in Development Inc. needs medical volunteers, medical supplies and money to help victims of the earthquake that struck the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday night.


Partners in Development has been providing aid to Haiti for 20 years and operates a medical clinic in Port-au-Prince and serves about 3,000 people in the capital.


The organization also provides micro-loans for small-business development and runs a housing program and a child-sponsorship program.


Initial reports from Haiti indicate massive damage throughout Port-au-Prince, population 2 million, with reports of fires raging and most of the city’s buildings leveled, including the presidential palace and the United Nations headquarters.


Aid officials have yet to estimate casualties, but the International Red Cross believes some 3 million people have been affected by the quake, which continues to rock the area.


Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere with an annual per capita income of $149, according to the organization USAID.


Partners in Development president Gale Hull is scheduled to fly into Port-au-Prince on Sunday, providing the airport is open.


Hull is currently in Guatemala supervising the organization’s relief efforts there.


At this point, the organization has no word on the fate of the clinic or on the fate of its three directors in Port-au-Prince or of other workers.


“At this point we’ve been unable to establish any communication with staff there,” said Lisa Lassey, director of program development. “I just returned from there on Dec. 9. I’m just thinking of what everyone was going through last night. It’s surreal.”


How to help


To help Haitian earthquake victims through Ipswich-based Partners in Development go to: pidonline.org and click on the donation link button.


The organization needs direct donations of gauze, bandages, antibiotics and pain medications.


It also needs medical volunteers for an aid mission to Port-au-Prince.


For more information call: 978-471-9922.