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January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake--Message from Dean Michael J. Klag

Dear all,

The earthquake that struck Haiti this week caused tremendous devastation and loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and all those at our School with family, friends and colleagues in the region.

As many of you know, four of our MPH students were conducting research in Haiti when the earthquake struck. Fortunately, they were not in areas damaged by the earthquake and we have received word from them that all are safe.  I am also proud to report that we have learned they are assisting with the relief efforts on the ground.  Four locally hired employees of our Center for Communication Programs are also reported to be safe.

Tom Kirsch, co-director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, is working with colleagues throughout Johns Hopkins to assemble a team to assist NGOs and other organizations.  Many of you have expressed your eagerness to help, but the situation on the ground remains chaotic and there are many logistical and security issues to overcome.  I ask that you refrain from traveling to Haiti on your own at this time.

You can also help by making a charitable donation. Johns Hopkins is compiling a list of organizations providing assistance, which is available here. You can also donate directly to the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at www.jhsph.edu/refugee/make_a_gift/.

Again, my heart goes out to the people of Haiti.

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH
Dean

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