We believe one of the organizations best placed to make an immediate difference is Partners in Health. They have operated medical facilities in Haiti for more than two decades and have numerous people on the ground. (We had the honor of working with them as part of President Clinton's TED Prize wish. They're trustable and effective.)
We asked how best the TED community could help and this was their response. Do join us in making a donation here.
Help us track down helicopters! That's our #1 need right now is transport. There are thousands of badly injured ppl in Port-au-Prince, and there are PIH hospitals, supplies and teams standing ready to treat them in the central plateau. It's a long, difficult drive over uncertain roads -- OR a 10-min helo ride.
Satellite phones! Cell communications are mostly down and we can't send docs out into Port-au-Prince with no way to be in touch
Donate medicine, food, blankets, supplies ... anyone with in-kind products to donate can write to email@example.com
Lend your time and skills -- we need experienced trauma surgeons, pediatric trauma surgeons, burn specialists, nurse anesthetists, trauma nurses
We need solar chargers, generators, fuel for generators
Water purification that does not require electricity -- so massive quanitities of water purification tablets or a system that is standalone
Transport -- we have had a few offers of private planes plus a big Air Canada jet -- we are filling them with doctors and supplies and mobilizing
Donate at http://www.pih.org/home.html. (Note that you can specify "Haiti Earthquake Relief" by using the "Program" button.)