A volunteer doctor examines Tina Rose Wome shortly after her birth at a Baha'i school in Port-au-Prince. A medical team from Canada and the United States had set up a makeshift clinic at the school, and all 18 team members were on hand for the arrival of the baby, named after Dr. Tina Edraki and Rose Cabot, the doctor and nurse who delivered her. (Baha'i World News Service photographs)
Dr. Munirih Tahzib, a pediatrician from Hoboken, New Jersey, treats a child next to a collapsed school in a village outside of Port-au-Prince. At a separate stop at an orphanage, Dr. Tahzib and other volunteers examined 150 children in need of medical attention.
Local children stand in the ruins of a school in a village outside Port-au-Prince. A large number of the buildings in the Haitian capital were damaged or destroyed.
Knowing that no supplies would be available in Port-au-Prince and that the infrastructure of the country had collapsed, members of the medical team brought with them everything they needed for their makeshift clinics. Here Dr. Poya Azar is shown with an injured youth.
The medical team used the Anis Zunuzi Baha'i School on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince both as its headquarters and the site of a makeshift clinic. The visitors camped out in the schoolyard with others who were staying there because they had lost their homes.
Local residents accompany two visiting physicians, Dr. Munirih Tahzib and Dr. Jason Hitner, as they arrive in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Now back home in the United States, these two doctors and others are consulting about how they might continue to support the Haitians in their efforts to rebuild their country.
Near downtown Port-au-Prince, people have set up homemade tents to provide shelter. "They use poles and sticks and rags, and they make their own home," explained one of the doctors who visited recently on the medical mission.
The medical team brought thousands of dollars in donated medical supplies to Haiti, including more than 2,000 packages of antibiotics and other medicine. All took commercial flights to the Dominican Republic and then traveled by bus to Haiti. "We begged the airlines not to charge us the overweight," said one physician. "I personally had 25 bags of medical supplies, and they only charged me $180 in overweight luggage."
"It was just incredible how everyone worked together," a member of the medical team said of their group and other aid organizations. "Most of us did not know each other before." The visiting doctors said they tried to help train people to recognize and treat infection. They hope to have follow-up visits where health education would play a key role.
A young girl waits to see a doctor at a makeshift clinic on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The doctors in the team staying at the Zunuzi Baha'i school treated patients there and also traveled to other localities, including hospitals, orphanages, and temporary medical stations set up in nearby villages.
A dehydrated baby, only a few days old, is examined by pediatrician Munirih Tahzib and Maryanne Fike, both of New Jersey. The infant and her mother were suffering from life-threatening infection and were rushed to a hospital for treatment.
A typical street scene in Port-au-Prince shows some of the damage from the earthquake. About 170,000 people are believed dead, with one million now homeless in this Caribbean nation of nine million.
Nearly three weeks after the earthquake, a lone youth sits in a school that was severely damaged. The vastness of the destruction and the collapse of infrastructure hamper the clean-up efforts.
Women line up for a medical examination in a village near the Haitian capital. The 18-member medical team is now consulting about setting up a rotation in which a few of the members would return to Haiti for four days each month, partly to contribute to a program in health education at the two Baha'i schools in the Port-au-Prince area.
Susanna Puzo, right, is a long-time resident of Haiti who helped the medical team and provided key translation assistance. The official languages of the country are Haitian Creole and French.
A young patient is photographed shortly after seeing a doctor in a village outside of Port-au-Prince. Nearly 40 percent of the population of Haiti is under 15 years of age.
Rose Cabot of New Jersey was the lone professional nurse on the 18-member relief team. Other medical personnel included two pediatricians, two orthopedic surgeons, four obstetrician/gynecologists, an intensive care specialist, a hospital doctor, a respiratory therapists, and a fourth-year medical student.
Maryanne Fike and other members of the team were deeply touched by their visit to this orphanage, where they set up a temporary clinic to examine and treat the children.
The medical team used the Anis Zunuzi Baha'i School as their headquarters, but they also visited a second Baha'i school in the Port-au-Prince area, shown here, where they assisted patients and where they are looking into doing ongoing work in support of the Haitian people's efforts to rebuild their country and improve health standards.
This view shows the damage in the Petionville section of the Haitian capital. At the time of the earthquake, the population of the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area was estimated at around 1.7 million people.
Caring for the people injured in the earthquake has been hampered by lack of facilities and infrastructure, including transportation. Thousands of vehicles were destroyed, and rubble has blocked many of the streets.
Some of the graffiti on the streets is written in English.
A young girl is captured by the camera at a makeshift clinic next to a collapsed school in a village near Port-au-Prince.
People rest in the shade of a tree as they wait their turn for a medical examination by volunteer doctors from the United States and Canada. The visitors were only able to stay for a week but hope to return periodically to provide ongoing assistance.
The faces of the children and the hopeful spirit of the adults were a constant source of inspiration to the visiting doctors. "We would meet people whose entire family had been killed and their house destroyed. Yet they would just pick up and carry on," said Dr. Munirih Tahzib, shown here with a young patient.
"Whatever you see on television, it is 10 times worse," Dr. Tahzib said of the situation in Haiti.
The visiting doctors saw hundreds of patients. These people are waiting in line at a clinic in a village near Port-au-Prince.
Dr. Tina Edraki, an obstetrician/gynecologist from San Francisco, speaks with a patient at the makeshift clinic at the Anis Zunuzi Baha'i School on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.
Susanna Puzo, right, a long-time resident of Haiti who has been a director of Anis Zunuzi Baha'i School, helps with translation as Dr. Edraki makes preparations for the delivery of a baby.
Little Tina Rose entered the world on 28 January. It was a poignant moment for the 18-member visiting medical team, all of whom were on hand for the event. Her mother had had three previous pregnancies, but Tina Rose was the first of the babies to survive.