“Toussaint Louverture” 
Hospital Ships for Haiti
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Cercle de Reflexion des Nations Inc (CRN)
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In partnership with Team Haiti
www.teamhaiti.us 


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With the participation of: 
The HEAT foundation (www.theheatfoundation.org )
ABC Maritime Switzerland and NTA France ( www.abcmaritime.ch and www.nta.fr )
Group Helm and SUNY Maritime College of New York (www.sunymaritime.edu )
World Organization of African Diaspora 




1 - Humanitarian Objective: Provide free medical care to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. 
6 months after the earthquake we identified the following
- 1.5 million homeless living in 641 refugee camps.
- Thousands wounded and in need urgent medical care.
2 - Destination: Port-Au-Prince and the ports along Haiti’s coastline.
3 - Date of Operation: Christmas 2010
4 - Duration of Operation: 10 years (During this time, Haiti’s medical infrastructure would be reconstructed.)
5 - Name: Toussaint Louverture (The father of the Independence of Haiti, and the abolition of slavery-named “docteur feuille” because he was the master of herbal medicine.)
6 - Flags: Haitian flag and if possible, the United Nations flag.
7 - Operator: Cercle de Reflexion des Nations Inc (CRN), an American Corporation registered in the State of Florida in 1992 and inaugurated to the United Nations Headquarters in 1994.
8 - Directors of Operation: Dr. Michel Thao Chan, PhD, CEO of CRN/ Dr. Jean-Luc Perez, PhD, President Founder of CRN/ Dr. Kieu My Perez, MD, General Secretary of CRN/ Patrick Bremaud, Coordinator/ Dr. Abel Bensaad, General Secretary of the Medical College. 
9 - Official Presentation: October 2010 meeting at the United Nations in New York. All the Member States would be invited to participate in this great humanitarian cause.
10 -  Type of vessel: 4 ships will be transformed into hospitals: 1 ship fixed at the Port - Au-Prince. The remaining will be autonomous with helicopter pads (consistent with the II Geneva Convention on the hospital ships of 1949).
- Two Accommodation Barges (class OTTO)
- Two Self Propelled Accommodation Barges (type Elisa)
11 -  Characteristics of the Hospital Ships: total beds - 480; operation rooms: 12
      -Two hospital ships (OTTO) autonomous in energy: will include a helicopter pad, crane, and 90 medical wards for 160 hospital beds. 
      -Two hospital ships (Elisa) autonomous in energy and auto-propelled: each ship features 45 medical wards for 80 hospital beds.
      -All four hospital ships feature an operating theatre, medical center and shelters containing an X-ray unit, surgery unit, intensive care unit, and an emergency room.
12 -  Type of medical services (specific to earthquake victims):
   - Surgery: Treating physical injuries (cuts/ infections/ broken bones/ amputations/ orthopedic/rehabilitation/physiotherapy);
   - Post Surgery: prosthesis and motor recuperation;
   - Epidemic and diverse infectious diseases including: malaria/diarrhea/typhoid fever/ hepatitis / HIV;
   - General Medicine: primary care and respiratory infection;
   - Gynecology:  obstetric and sexual violence;
   - Burns: domestic accidents;
   - Physiologic and psychiatric: post trauma treatment (individual and collective depression).
13 -  Hospital Organization: Expertise of the USNS Comfort and an American hospital ship that has already intervened in Haiti after the earthquake.
14 -   Crew:  Technique operation with ABC Maritime Switzerland, NTA France, Group Helm, and SUNY Maritime College of New York.
15 -  Security: Expertise of the U.S. Navy and five military experts nominated by the governments of Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, and Niger.
16 -  Possible cooperation: Governments and NGOs such as the American Red Cross.
17 -  Base of operation on land: Supply chain and logistic destined for the coordination of the  operation with Haitian authorities, including mobile medical units. 
18 -  School Ship: Any school or university that wants to participate will send candidates to complete a training course notably concerning maritime domains, and to do continuous training for doctors and medical staff.     
19 -  Creating Employment: 770 full time equivalent employments and 620 indirect employments, which total 1390 created jobs. The Haitian people prioritized.
20 -  Budget: $1,408,135,000 (US) dollars in 10 years. (See Financial Budget)

The World-Wide Medicine on the “Toussaint Louverture I” hospital ship for Haiti
Putting into service the hospital ship “Toussaint Louverture I” in Haiti opens a World Wide approach to medicine. It is part of a vision of human beings taken in its complexity and totality. The human beings are perceived harmoniously in its 3 bodies: physical, psychic and energetic body, as a closely connected and interdependent entirety.
Thus, it is necessary to:
-  treat the damaged organs
-  balance the patient’s psychology and treat post-trauma conditions
-  restore the circulation of energy in the body
We will recruit graduate doctors and medical personnel for the hospital ship “Toussaint Louverture I”. 
In the first stage of its operation, we need the following medical specialties:
- General medicine
- Surgery
- Psychiatry
- Gynecology and obstetrics
- Public health
These doctors and medical personnel will be paid for their services.


Hospital characteristics:
Capacity: 120 hospital beds + 60 hospital beds (if emergency)
- 2 Aseptic operating rooms
- 1 Emergency room
- 1 Intensive Care Unit
- 1 X Ray Unit
- 1 Biological laboratory
- Dental service 

Barge Characteristics:

Mooring system and anchors
- 8 x point mooring winches 75 Tons@10mèters/minutes pull
- 2 x Tugger winches 10 Tons each at forward and aft
Firefighting system equipped
Water maker: 2 x 50 ton per day / Reverse osmosis
Electricity generator and air compressor
Air Pad:
Strength suitable for Sikorsky S92 helicopters or equivalent
Operation Fund Raising (Hollywood CA actor’s celebrities)

 

PORT DE PAIX BAY HAITI

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Fifth Meeting of the Safety and Health Commission of the Hospital Ship “Toussaint Louverture I” for Haiti
United Nations Headquarters
Preparatory Meeting
Held at the Marriott Hotel of Miami
on September 29, 2010


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In attendance:
Mr. Gerardo Taveras, Secretary of State of Economy and Planning, delegate of Honorable Javier Gonzalez, Head of Mission at the Consulate General of Miami (representing the Dominican Republic).
Honorable Gaêl de Maisonneuve, Consul General and Ms. Martha Pecina, head of Latin-American Affairs at the Consulate General of Miami (representing France).
Mrs. Monica Valdez Murphree, Political Assistant, delegate of Honorable Javier Gonzalez
Head of Mission, delegate of Honorable Jorge Lomonaco, Consul General of Miami (representing Mexico).
The Consul General of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan and Netherlands, announced as participants, were unable to attend the meeting due to a tropical storm in Miami that evening.
Prior to the meeting, the Honorable Ralph Latortue, Consul of Haiti in Miami, assured the delegation of his total support and the full cooperation of the Haitian Government.


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Due to previous engagements, the Consuls of Canada, China, Malta, Norway, Peru, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom were unable to attend the meeting. However, They sent their best wishes of success to the meeting and Spain qualified the project Hospital ship “Toussaint Louverture I” as “a magnificent initiative”.
The Cercle de Reflexion des Nations was represented by  Dr. Jean-Luc Pérez, Founding President; Dr. Kieu My Pérez, Secretary general; Mr. Christophe Chang, in charge of Communication and  Mr. Patrick Brémaud, responsible for the Safety and Health Commission of the hospital ship
Team Haiti was represented by Mr. Thony Fernand, President; Dr. Jacqueline Hoy, Executive Director and their members:  Dr. Clinton Jules, Mr. Bruner Dumeny, Mr. Edras Salomon, Mrs. Lesly Metellus, Mrs. Marietta Carter Narasse, and Mr. Justin Manturin.
The Support Committee for the  “Toussaint Louverture I” hospital ship included Mr. Yussuf Mohamed, Chairman of North Ridge Development Company, Anthony Madden, CEO of Global Con Holdings, Keith Quarles, Mr. Vidal of Lycée Franco Américain, Mrs. Emie Clerveau from International School of Broward and Mr. Claude Nelson, Manager Associated Printing Production.
The meeting started at 6.30 pm. After welcoming the participants, Dr. Jean-Luc Pérez explained the reason for the name “Toussaint Louverture I” was because it is the name of the ‘Father’ of Haiti, well-known as a “doctor” who treated the sick with herbal medicine. 


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Afterwards, Mr. Brémaud explained that the hospital ship was part of an international organization called “Emergency Humanitarian Force” ( E.H.F.) which could deploy services by land, air and sea in cases of a catastrophe.  He also commented on the technical and medical organization of the hospital ship.
Dr. Kieu My Pérez discussed the “World-Wide Medicine” (WWM) concept.  She launched a recruitment program to recruit doctors and medical personnel from different countries. She added that all personnel would be paid for their services.


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Dr. Jean-Luc Pérez indicated that this hospital ship would be open to all countries in the world, which can justify the request for the United Nations flag. In conclusion, he congratulated the “act of heart” of Team Haiti, who joined in partnership with the Cercle de Reflexion des Nations.
Dr. Hoy and Mr. Fernand from Team Haiti stated that the hospital ship for Haiti would be a symbol of hope for the Haitian people.
The representatives of the Dominican Republic, France, and Mexico expressed their total support and cooperation to alleviate the suffering of Haitians. 

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Dr. Jean-Luc Pérez
Founding President,
Cercle de Reflexion des Nations

Dr. Jacqueline Hoy
Executive Director,
Team Haiti

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REPORT
  ON THE FIFTH MEETING OF THE SAFETY AND HEALTH
   COMMISSION OF THE HOSPITAL SHIP “L’HUMANITE I”

          
     United Nations Organization Headquarters
    Conference Room 7, on 4 March 2011

 

This meeting was announced in the Journal of the United Nations on Friday 4 March 2011 under the rubric “ Other activities”, with mention “ Special meeting to announce the launching of a series of four hospital ships into service in Haiti ( co-organized by Cercle de Réflexion des Nations and Team Haiti, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Haiti).

Were present:

Mr. Pedro Andrado, Counsellor, delegated by H.E. Mrs. Maria Luiza Ribiero, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations

Mrs. Isabelle Dumont, First Secretary, delegated by H.E Mr. Gérard Araud, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

Mr. Jean Wesley Cazeau, Adjoint Permanent Representative and Mrs. Nicole Romulus, Counsellor, delegated by H.E. Mr. Léo Mérorès, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations

Mr. Ravindra R., First Secretary, delegated by H.E Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

Mr. Nathan Miller, Counsellor, delegated by H.E Mr. Meron Reubeu, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

Mr. Hiroshi Nakashima, First Secretary, delegated by H.E. Mr. Tsuneo Nishida, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Capt. Ing. Juan Carlos Orellana De Paz, Assistant Counsellor Military , delegated by  Mr.  Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzales, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of El Salvador to the United Nations

Mr. Guillermo Aguera,  Counsellor, delegated by H E Mr. Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations

Mrs. Ana Maria Diaz, Director for Latin America and Caribbean of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Dr. Surena, Coordinator of the Health Response Committee after the earthquake, Representative of the Ministry of Health of Haiti

H.E M. Raymond Alcide Joseph and H.E M. Caseau Joseph, former Ambassadors of Haiti in the United States of America 

Mr. Michel Thao Chan, Chairman of  Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr.. Jean-Luc Pérez, Executive President of  Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Dr. Kieu My Pérez, Secretary-General of  Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Dr. Abel Ben Saad,, President of the Health Commission of hospital ship of  Cercle de Réflexion des Nations

Mr. Patrick Brémaud, Coordinator

Mr. Fernand Tony, President of Team Haiti

Mrs. Jacquelyne Hoy, Executive Director of Team Haiti

Dr. Jules Clinton, Secretary of Team Haiti

Dr. Saint Phard, former Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, former Professor of psychiatry, Counsellor of Team Haiti; and Mrs. Barbara Saint-Phard

Mr. Bruner Dumenyl, Director of Communication of Team Haïti

Mr. Yussuf Mohamed, Mrs..Indra Mohamed, Mr. Boral Nixon, Dr. Joff  Weimer and Mr. Frank Viala,  Ms Karin  ( Chicago) members of Team Haiti

Mrs. Ghislaine de Sanon, President of H.E.A.T Foundation

Mr. Robert Cancro, Professor of psychiatry, Chief of Psychiatric Department of NYC- School of Medicine, Director of Nathan S. Kliner Research Institute in Orangeburg, New York

Mr. Hank Liu, Director of Tapei Economic and Cultural Office in New York

Mr. Philippe Baungater, Expert

Mr. Frisnel Azor

Mr. Philippe Baungater, Expert

Mr. R. Canero, NYU (LCAM)

Mr. and Mrs Ben Carmichael

Mr. Raymond A. Joseph and Mr. Léopold L. Joseph

Mrs. Kris Kimball ,United Women Forum

Dr. Marin Lafond, Haiti

Mr. Tom Larkin, President and Mrs. Mary Louis Redero Larkin, Director of Mary Care- Haiti

Mrs. Lola Poisson

Mr. Augusto Rabellino, DGACM

Mr. Thomas Rohland, International Organization for Migrations

Mrs. Janet Seamons

It was recalled that a preparatory session of the Health and Safety Commission of the hospital ships “ Toussaint Louverture” for Haiti was held on 29 September 2010 at Marriott Hotel in Miami. During the session, the representative of the Dominican Republic, France and Mexico confirmed the recommendations in the prior commissions and opted for un official request that would be introduced to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, so that the hospital ships could gain authorization to use the United Nations’ flag in their humanitarian intervention in Haiti.

On behalf of the Cercle de Réflexion des Nations and Team Haiti, Mr. Pérez opened the meeting at 10:25 am. He thanked the participants and indicated that the high-ranking officials of the United Nations and certain countries were unable to attend the meeting due to previous commitments: the Secretary -General, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace-keeping Operations, Canada, China, Fiji Islands, Guatemala, Holy See, Mozambique and the United States of America.

Mr. Pérez proposed to nominate a President of the meeting. Dr. Saint Phard was elected by acclamation.

The agenda is adopted.

1- Presentation of hospital ship “ Toussaint Louverture I” for Haiti ( agenda item 2)

Mr. Patrick Brémaud explained the general characteristics of the self-propelled barge which is designed for the high seas and is able to produce its own automated water and electrical system.

Dr. Ben Saad answered the questions on the safety for the sick people by proposing a system of medical tents to receive and select the patients. These tents would be reserved for patients suffering from cholera to secure any risk of contamination .The treatment would be free to everyone.

The participants have asked on the availability of hospital beds.  Mr.Bremaud said that there would be 115 beds, but the number of beds would depend on the nature of medical interventions on the hospital ship. Mr. Pérez questioned on the existing hospital ships of the countries representing at the meeting. Only Spain had a hospital ship at their disposal, but it was not free. Other questions arose on the need of a helicopter to transport the sick people. It was suggested that there should be a formal request to each country for such transportation.

Mr. Thao Chan said the project could draw experiences on medical, social, structural and financial level from the earthquake in Turkey not long ago; and with a devoted team, the hospital ship “L’Humanté I” would be a reality.

Numerous questions regarding the collaboration with Haitian officials were asked during the meeting. Mr.Pérez reminded that the hospital ship was an act of solidarity of the Haitians for the Haitians with close cooperation with the Haitian Government, particularly with the Ministry of Health. Dr.Surena approved this approach because it conformed with the needs and aspirations of the Haitian people.

2-Organization of the floating hospital for a “ Word Wide Medicine” (WWM)
 (agenda item 3)

Mr.Bremaud described in details the layouts of the floating hospital ship including the fully equipped operation rooms, laboratories, radiology and telemedicine rooms. Mr.Perez  specified that it was  an ultra modern hospital and it would welcome on board all types of medicine to serve as a supplementary treatments to the sick people.

Questions pertaining on the possibility of ground displacement of the sick were asked. Mr.Bremaud responded that two secured ambulances are provided for such a case. Dr.Surena added that agreements could be made with the representatives of each port as the Ministry of the Interior, perhaps the U.S. Navy and the United Nations’ Peace Keeping forces. As a specialist of military security , the representative of El Salvador suggested a cooperation on this issue.

Dr. Jules for General Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Cancro for Psychiatry, Dr.Kieu My Pérez for Gynecology have made a brief explanation on the various types of medical interventions which would correspond to the needs of the sick people. Ms. Hoy specified that the first medical approaches and techniques should be programmed with the Ministry of Health in order to decide exactly the medical demand of the population.

3- Strategy of putting in service of hospital ship ( agenda item 4)

Dr.Surena said that the north with Port Liberty and the southwest of the island would be possible zones  for the hospital ship. He also specified that the best place would be chosen once a group of experts visit Haiti.

Ms..Hoy  said that doctors and medical personnel on board would open in priority for qualified Haitians, but in the case that the hospital ship was an international vocation, placing in the context of United Nations, she wished that all nationalities could participate into this  great spirit of solidarity. She added that the hospital ship would bring numerous jobs in Haiti and stimulate the business with local producers for the procurement of the ship.

Dr.Surena outlined the possibilities of a close cooperation with the Haitian Government, especially with the Ministry of Health. He said that this cooperation should be in a long term and a perfect understanding of the needs of the people.

4- Discussion on a collaboration  of Member States for the hospital ship “ Toussaint Louverture I” (agenda item 5)

Mr. Perez asked the representatives of Brazil,, France, India, Israel, Japan and Spain if they were able to develop a cooperation between their governments and Haiti. He invited these countries to send doctors and medical personnel to work on the hospital ship in liaison with the Haitian government. The representatives of these countries confirmed that they would submit this perspective proposal to their governments.

The representative of United Nations Development Programme approved this project and said that it would be easier to collaborate with its agency in Haiti.

Mr. Pérez then proposed the creation of an intergovernmental liaison office to facilitate relations between Governments and that of Haiti. This proposal was adopted by consensus. He also mentioned that this hospital would be entirely at the service for the Haitian people since the ship was named "Toussaint Louverture I", the name of a national hero who liberated Haiti; and it would carry the Haitian flag.

Dr. Surena welcomed this approach and said that he would facilitate a close cooperation with his Ministry. He added that a report would be submitted to the Minister of Health in order to coordinate the project with Haitian legislation, local authorities and the real situations on the ground. He concluded by saying that the hospital ships corresponded to the global program of  sanitary reconstruction in Haiti in which the courage of the people was praised by the President and Mr. Pérez.

The President closed the meeting at 13 :00 pm

The members of  Cercle de Réflexion and Team Haiti were interviewed the same day  by the United Nations Radio.

Dr. Jean-Luc Pérez                                                         Dr. Jacqueline Hoy
Exécutive President                                                        Executive  Director
of Cercle de Réflexion des Nations                                of Team Haïti