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The aim of this survey was to determine the status of health institutions and their capacity to 1) respond to emergencies and 2) guarantee essential services. Other aspects such as the available infrastructure and safety of the institutions are also mentioned.
The survey was carried out in 30 health institutions in the Port-au-Prince Metropolitan Area.1 Some institutions did not provide an answer. The results obtained are presented below.
1) Capacity of health institutions to respond to emergencies
Washington, February 27, 2004 (PAHO) -- Health conditions in Haiti are becoming increasingly difficult, especially for the poorest people in the country, according to officials of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which has asked all factions to respect the neutrality of hospitals and health centers.
To prepare for mainly surgical activities, MSF teams distributed necessary drugs and medical equipment to deal with bullet wounds and other war-related injuries.
As Haiti spirals into anarchy, aid workers
in the capital Port au Prince are warning of an impending humanitarian
disaster, with food shortages and an acute lack of medical supplies threatening
to further endanger the population.
Baltimore, February 27, 2004 - People
injured in escalating political violence in Haiti will benefit from an
emergency grant to four church-related aid agencies there this week. The
four groups will p urchase essential medicines with $39,000 from a rapid
response fund provided by Lutheran World Relief and other members of the
international emergency alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT).
Current situation in Haiti:
(New York, NY... February 27, 2004) American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a non-sectarian international development and relief organization, is collecting funds to assist in humanitarian relief efforts for people affected by the political instability in Haiti.
Funds will be used for "immediate
action" in the coming six months.
New York/Geneva, 27 February 2004 - UNICEF said today that it is asking donors for $7.6 million dollars of urgent funding for its emergency operation in Haiti.
The funds will be used for operations to provide relief for children and women caught up by the collapse of civil authority. These include:
- Obstetrical resources for three maternal
wards in Port-au-Prince.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
New York, NY, February 27, 2004 - As violence in Haiti escalates, the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children today expressed concern about President George W. Bush's stated intention to return Haitian refugees, and renewed its call to the Administration to comply with its obligation under both international and U.S. law to extend protection to those Haitians found to be refugees.
This past week, insurgents opposed to the rule of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took control of Cap-Haitien, Haiti's second largest city, and are nearing the capital, Port-au-Prince. Haiti faces a potential humanitarian crisis as the rebellion against Aristide grows.
Amnesty International criticized as unacceptable measures by the US and Caribbean governments to prevent those fleeing Haiti from reaching other countries or to forcibly return them to Haiti.
SEATTLE - World Concern, a Northwest-based international humanitarian organization that has worked in Haiti for almost 30 years, is responding with disaster relief aid for victims of the civil war there.
The tumultuous situation in Haiti was high on the agenda of talks in New York today between the President of Costa Rica and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: CHF 60,000
(New York, February 27, 2004) - If Haiti's rebel forces carry out their promised attack on the capital Port-au-Prince, the civilian population must be spared, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.