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)
Message from the Executive Director
I am very pleased to report that International Relief Teams just completed its 23rd year of service to victims of disaster, poverty, and neglect by providing more than $32 million in medicines, supplies and volunteer services to thousands in need both here and abroad.
Legacy of Care - 20 years of Medical Training in Emerging Nations
Restoring Sight in Uganda
"The people had a deep sense of appreciation which touched the very core of my being" - IRT Volunteer Charles Narh, O.T.
In 1992 IRT began addressing the critical issues of eye disease, cataracts and vision loss through its surgical and clinical programs that have now been conducted in nine countries.
Catastrophic Earthquake in Haiti
Death toll reaches 230,000 - Hundreds of thousands left homeless
On January 12th, the worst earthquake in Haiti in 200 years - 7.0 in magnitude - struck less than ten miles from Port-au-Prince reducing much of the capital to rubble. Six weeks after the earthquake, the Haitian government reports that the death toll in Haiti could exceed 230,000.
IRT's Emergency Medical Team
Monday, January 18, 2010:
The team arrived in Port-au-Prince and began working at the General Hospital (HUEH).
Tuesday, January 19, 2010:
The team is mostly working on wound care and amputations. They hope to do more surgeries today. The initial medical "surge" of patients seems to be easing.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010:
The team was roused from their sleep before dawn by the 6.1 aftershock.
On Saturday, Jan 16th, International Relief Teams (IRT) deployed its initial emergency medical team, consisting of 4 ER physicians and 1 ER nurse, which arrived in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.The team carried with them more than 15 large suitcases of medicines and supplies essential for treating injuries of earthquake victims.