Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, more than 500,000 people still live in camps as reconstruction efforts have not kept up with demands for housing and cholera remains a serious killer. As humanitarian relief operations wind down to make room for long-term development projects, hundreds of thousands of displaced people continue to rely on aid to survive.
UNITED NATIONS, New York--One year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, calls for increased support for women and young people in the country's recovery and reconstruction efforts.
"After a disaster of such scale, women and youth need strong support to play a leading role in rebuilding their country," said UNFPA's new Executive Director, Dr.
PORT-AU-PRINCE - A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, recovery is occurring in fits and starts as the country continues to struggle against adversity. A million people are still living in accomodation sites for the displaced or in makeshift communities without basic services.
The lack of sewage collection and treatment, coupled with heavy rains, set the stage for a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,760 people and infected over 130,000 others.
UNITED NATIONS, New York-As part of its efforts to improve hygiene conditions and prevent the recent spread of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has distributed nearly 7,000 hygiene-cholera kits since 1 November, targeting pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS.
More than 3,500 pregnant women and 720 people living with HIV based in Miragoâne, Les Cayes, St.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 27 October 2010-In response to the recent outbreak of cholera in Haiti, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is adapting 22,000 standard hygiene kits to meet specific needs that would reduce and prevent the spread of the epidemic. The kits contain chlorine pills to purify water, rehydration salts and additional soap to maintain higher levels of hygiene.
Port-au-Prince, 12 July 2010-Six months after the 7.0 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 Haitians, an estimated 1.5 million people are still living in temporary camps. Their reproductive health needs, including maternal and neonatal health, are now being met by a range of mobile and temporary clinics in addition to those offered by the city's hospitals that survived the quake.
Life in the temporary camps poses a number of health challenges, especially for women and girls.
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Louis Anglade stood holding a medical chart at the entrance of a rickety tent in a teeming camp under a hot midday sun. The tall and skinny 20-year-old pulled out his brightest and warmest smile and begged. "Please, madam," he said.
The woman remained just inside the tent and shook her head sadly.
Anglade is one of 66 youth volunteers UNFPA has recruited and trained here in the science and art of assisting vulnerable people. Their mission is to help prevent severe malnutrition, especially among children, pregnant women and new mothers.
NEW YORK - Even before the catastrophic earthquake, being a pregnant woman in Haiti was a perilous endeavor. With 1 in 44 women dying in pregnancy or childbirth, it is the most dangerous country to give birth in the Western Hemisphere. In the aftermath of the earthquake, UNFPA is prioritizing providing maternal health services for the approximately 63,000 pregnant women in the affected area, 7000 of who will give birth in the next month.
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Women continue to give birth amid the chaos and devastation left by the massive earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January. Hungry and homeless, traumatized by the scale of death around them, they writhe in labour on the streets surrounded by friends and relatives singing prayers of hope.
PORT-AU-PRINCE - The January 12 earthquake in Haiti didn't stop at taking lives and crippling people. It also wreaked havoc on the very foundations of the country's institutions, such as government ministries, hospitals and schools. It has halted, for the time being, the training of much-needed midwives.
Quettely Chevalier, a teacher at Haiti's only midwifery school, was giving a lecture on obstetric care at the nearby Lumiere University when the earthquake hit. As the rumbling of the quake started, many students panicked and ran for the exit.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 17 January 2010-Six days after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, hospitals in the capital, Port-au-Prince, are flooded with victims, many of them with crushed limbs or fractured bones. But another kind of emergency, perhaps less visible but equally deadly, can occur when pregnant women are forced to give birth in unsanitary conditions and without access to medical care.
Giving birth under such conditions can quickly turn deadly if complications such as bleeding, obstructed delivery or high blood pressure occur.
PORT-AU-PRINCE-Dientola Astrel, a pregnant 29-year-old woman, says she was out walking when the devastating earthquake hit Haiti. She hurried home to check on her family and found that her husband had managed to get their nine-year-old daughter out of the house before it collapsed.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 January 2010-Estimates that there could be as many as 37,000 pregnant women among the 3 million people affected by Haiti's earthquake have led to an urgent appeal to meet their emergency maternal health needs.
The earthquake has devastated Haiti's health system and many of the hospitals and clinics in Port-Au-Prince have been damaged. The remaining can barely handle the thousands in need of medical care.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 14 January 2010-UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is working as part of the coordinated United Nations response and with other partners to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those who have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Experts are carrying out assessments in Port-au-Prince to determine the extent of the human toll and material damages in as much detail as possible.
"UNFPA extends solidarity, compassion and sympathy to the people of Haiti who are suffering from the devastating consequences of the earthquake.