In the rush to get to Haiti, volunteers from churches and student and community groups may forget one important truth: helping others means I have to help myself. If I get sick or hurt and have no means to help myself, then what good am I to the group I work with and to the Haitian earthquake survivors?
Aid work in emergency situations follows three stages: rescue, relief, rebuilding. Most civilian volunteers arrive in the relief and rebuilding stages. At both stages they will need health insurance against falling ill or becoming injured.
If you are organizing a volunteer effort for Haiti, please call us at Good Neighbor Insurance and one of our agents will help you get the right international health and travel insurance for you or your group. Just two days ago a client from the Dominican Republic called us to purchase health insurance for his trip into Haiti. Smart person!
Sadly, Haitians are suffering. Fortunately aid workers can help them by helping themselves to good insurance that covers things such as medical evacuation, loss of life or limb, and regular health care.
Remember there is no medical infrastructure in Haiti, so if you plan to go, do yourself and Haitian survivors a favor and get overseas health and travel insurance.