Argentina deploys White Helmet humanitarian mission to Haiti

The aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti on August 14, 2021

On August 21, an Argentine Air Force flight departed from the El Palomar airport on a humanitarian mission, which consisted of the deployment of an emergency medical team to provide health support.

Foreign Minister Felipe Solá and Defense Minister Jorge Taiana bid farewell to the squad of 24 volunteers who boarded the Hercules plane of the Argentine Air Force that carried them to their destination.

This mission organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, with the operational coordination of the White Helmets Commission and the Ministry of Defense (Air Force) is in response to the earthquake that occurred in the Department of Nippes, Haiti, on August 14, 2021.

The team led by Ambassador Marina Cardelli, President of the White Helmets Commission consists of highly trained health and logistics personnel (volunteers) who have extensive experience in international missions.

It is estimated that the mission will last 15 days with the possibility of an extension of 20 days and aims to establish medical assistance that the Argentine State has prepared: 3 pairs of canine brigades (volunteer team) to search for victims, the deployment of the Field Hospital transport and distribute donations and provide logistical support.

In addition, due to the ongoing political crisis in Haiti, which was aggravated by the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, the Argentine Ambassador to Haiti, Cesar Faes, will travel to Corail, for the duration of the Argentine humanitarian mission.

This White Helmets mission reflects the historical ties of the Argentine Republic with the friendly nations of the Caribbean community (CARICOM).