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West MI team heads to Haiti on anniversary of quake

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A 19-member medical and dental team with the West Michigan group "Haiti Needs You" will depart for Haiti on Wednesday on the year anniversary of the earthquake.

A majority of the team attend the Parish of the Holy Spirit, which has been providing medical and spiritual aid to Haiti for more than a decade. This is the fourth team to head to Haiti since the quake.

It expects to see about 2,000 patients for primary care and treat 200 dental patients. "Haiti Needs You" Director Tim Ryan says they'll also teach the community to prepare for a cholera outbreak and provide clean water by delivering 400 new home water filters raised through West Michigan donations.

That type of giving has been constant from the West Michigan community.

The Salvation Army says it has raised nearly $30 million dollars to help Haiti over the past year and it's not finished. Some of the money raised has paid for more than a million gallons of fresh water and nearly eight million meals since the earthquake. It will also pay for long term programs like repairing and building new schools, rebuilding a health clinic, and maintaining a camp for earthquake survivors.

Meanwhile the American Red Cross reports it has raised approximately $479 million for Haiti relief and recovery efforts, including more than $32 million from the record-setting text donation program. Those funds were distributed in a variety of ways, including providing medical care for nearly 217,000 people, vaccinating nearly 1 million people and feeding 1.3 million people for one month.