EU Fact Sheets on Haiti - 01 Feb 2010
2. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid
- 200,000 tents are needed. Nine EU Member States have provided in total 1.342 tents for approx. 8.200 persons. Emergency shelter remains a major challenge: estimations settling on a figure of approximately 1 million people in need of emergency shelter. With the upcoming rainy and hurricane season, an integrated transitional shelter solution needs to be found (to replace basic tents). Italy will send 1.000 tents (for 10 persons each) to Port au Price (PAP) with 3 flights. The first aircraft will be leaving today Italy with 330 tents at 12.00 (loc.time)
- Some 36 million "ready to eat" meals are required now (President Preval in Montreal.).
- Priority items, besides tents, include shelter kits, tarpaulins, jerry cans, blankets, plastic sheets, hygiene kits and kitchen kits.
- The main challenge in terms of water is limited distribution and storage capacity. Sanitation in camps remains a major concern.
- Within 2 weeks four field hospitals (IL, RU, ES, FR) will close; however, the Haitian Government is requesting that medical teams stay for a longer period of time in order to minimize administrative efforts and ensure continuity of care and restore health services. Cases of tetanus have been reported, as well as suspected cases of measles in Leogane, and dysentery, including in resettlement camps. post-operative medical supplies and antibiotics remain a key need.