Orthopaedic Relief Services International
ORSI is a global health 501(c)3 founded by prominent orthopedic surgeon and educator Dr. Ron Israelski. We are a dedicated humanitarian group offering international aid and working within the state hospital system in Haiti to break down systemic barriers inhibiting modern surgical advancement.
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Our programs were founded on a fundamental belief that the most effective form of aid is through local empowerment. This philosophy is a key motivator in our program methodology which measures success by our ability to transition beneficiary relationships from mentorships to partnerships.
Moved by photos and videos of the devastation after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Ronald Israelski, an orthopaedic surgeon from the Hudson Valley and President and Founder of the not-for-profit organization, Orthopaedic Relief Services International (ORSI), felt compelled to help.
We have sent over 30 didactic clinical teams, donated millions of dollars in life and limb-saving medical equipment, and arranged access to pivotal educational materials for Haitian surgical residents. Through these efforts, we have made a notable impact on the Haitian orthopedic landscape.
Our pilot project in Haiti was originally launched in direct response to the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake which devastated the island nation on January 12, 2010.
This single event, which lasted only about thirty seconds, killed between 250,000 and 300,000 people, left well over 1,000,000 homeless, and critically injured hundreds of thousands more. The massive human toll was further compounded by the simultaneous decimation of critical infrastructure necessary for an effective emergency and medical response.
This mass-scale destruction brought to light a glaring discrepancy between need and capability within the Haitian healthcare system with the largest capability gaps appearing in the field of orthopedic surgery. With only a few dozen orthopedic surgeons in all of Haiti, services before the earthquake were lacking at best. After the earthquake, their capabilities became virtually non-existent.