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)
By Sonia Lowman, Communications Officer, International Medical Corps
April 4, 2012— Dr. Aaron Harries got the “travel bug” young—listening to his high school teacher reminisce about his own journeys in the 1970s. At age 17, Aaron organized a trip for 3 of his friends to backpack across Europe for 5 weeks. He went on to become a doctor and extend his love of travel to volunteer medical trips in post-crisis and developing countries. Aaron, now age 36, has been to over 70 countries—including 3 trips volunteering with International Medical Corps.
Los Angeles, CA - When the 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in January 2010, International Medical Corps was on-the-ground saving lives within 22 hours. As Haiti marks three years since the disaster, the organization continues to help rebuild the broken health infrastructure through training programs including Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for local health professionals and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health for cholera surveillance, control and prevention.
Op-ed signed by the Haiti NGO Coordination Committee, which includes ACTED, published on 11.01.2012 on Le Monde newspaper website.
Two Years After Haiti Earthquake, International Medical Corps Continues Cholera Response and Disaster Preparedness Programs, But Commitment From Donors Still Critically Needed
In disasters and crises throughout the world, people often struggle with how to cope with what they experienced. For first-responders, there is a similar struggle: how to reach out and support those who are suffering.
Crystal Wells Communications Officer 617.913.0794 cwells@InternationalMedicalCorps.org
August 22, 2011, Los Angeles, Calif. - With Hurricane Irene poised to strike Haiti, International Medical Corps has staff on standby to provide emergency relief and is preparing its cholera treatment sites around the country for an increase in cholera cases following the storm.
August 3, 2011, Los Angeles, Calif. - As Tropical Storm Emily bears down on Haiti, threatening floods and landslides, International Medical Corps is preparing its cholera treatment sites in the West, South and Artibonite Departments for an increase in cholera cases following the storm.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 26, 2011
January 4, 2011 - Nearly one year after a 7.0-earthquake struck Haiti, International Medical Corps is rapidly expanding its initial health response to address new medical needs caused by the cholera outbreak, while building capacity within the local health care system through training programs that increase the knowledge and skills of Haitian medical professionals, including emergency and trauma care that will save lives in future emergencies.
"A year after the earthquake, Haiti is still struggling to recover, while facing new and devastating emergencies, such as the cholera …
November 10, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Following reports of 73 confirmed cases of cholera in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, International Medical Corps continues to expand operations in response to the widening outbreak throughout Haiti. Detected first in the Artibonite region, to the north, the potentially fatal disease has led to more than 580 deaths and 9,100+ infected.
By Crystal Wells, Communications Officer
Leogane, Haiti - Thelervilts used to own a modest, but comfortable house by the sea. Then the 7.0-earthquake hit on January 12, reducing his house to a skeleton of concrete and rebar. He picked up the pieces, building a new shop from scratch and repairing his home with tarps and wood.
Now, nine months later, his broken home was destroyed once again - this time by floods following Hurricane Tomas, which battered the island on November 5 and 6.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Hurricane Tomas battered Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend causing flooding of vital roadways that isolated towns and villages along Haiti's coast. International Medical Corps has deployed medical teams throughout Haiti to assess health needs, provide health services and deliver critical supplies.
Most coastal villages reported muddy roads and damp conditions with occasional signs of destruction left by the winds (branches, fallen signs etc).
Contact in U.S.:
Director, Global Communications
Contact in Haiti:
Country Director, Haiti
Communications Officer, Haiti
November 4, 2010, …
By Guyto Saint Fleur, Haiti Communications Officer
October 21, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA
Haiti has always been at-risk of hurricanes. But never has it faced that risk while one million of its citizens live in tent cities. With the stakes higher than ever, community education on how Haitians can prepare themselves and their families could save thousands of lives, this year and for many hurricane seasons to come.
"Stagnant water increases the risk for waterborne disease, malaria, and dengue.
Director, Global Communications
October 5, 2010 - North Little Rock, Arkansas - In an effort to boost the capacity of first-responders following disasters like the earthquake in Haiti or the Indonesian tsunami, International Medical Corps co-sponsored a scenario-based, medical action training program to prepare physicians for the initial phase of post-disaster environments. The immersion course offered scenario-based skill development to improve the …
By: Crystal Wells, September 28, 2010
Port-au-Prince, Haiti - "It came out of nowhere," says Heather Lorenzen, nurse and Sexual and Gender-based Violence Coordinator for International Medical Corps Haiti. "The sky got dark and the wind picked up, pretty strong winds, and it started raining. No one knew whatsoever that there was going to be a storm."
At around 3pm on Friday, September 24, a tropical storm battered the greater Port-au-Prince area, inundating tent cities with heavy rains and winds that toppled over trees, tents, and even health facilities.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti - August 3, 2010 - During World Breast Feeding Week, August 1-7, International Medical Corps is running community education campaigns and events throughout Haiti. Made possible by UNICEF, the community outreach events in Port-au-Prince, Petit Goave, and Gressier seek to educate mothers on the importance of breastfeeding for infant health.
"Breast milk is the only food and drink an infant needs for the …
Port-au-Prince - July 8, 2010 - Nearly six months after the 7.0-earthquake that struck Haiti, International Medical Corps continues to prioritize long-term integrated primary health care services, including mental health, as key to helping hundreds of thousands of Haitians who remain vulnerable and displaced.
"The acute emergency is over but the risk for an outbreak of communicable disease is still very real," says Dr. Jojo Cangao, International Medical Corps Medical Director for Haiti.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 25, 2010
International Medical Corps and the Center for Communication against HIV/AIDS, CECOSIDA, join forces this week in a push for HIV testing throughout the greater Port-au-Prince area.
The initiative, which focuses on community mobilization and education, targets three communities surrounding International Medical Corps clinics - Petionville and Bolosse.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, March 31, 2010 - International Medical Corps is partnering with the medical profession in Haiti - including the Haitian Medical Association, the Medical Specialty Societies, and the Medical Education Sector - to launch the first emergency medicine training and certification process for Haitian doctors and paramedics.
International Medical Corps, a relief and development NGO, began a series of meetings last week with the Haitian organizations aimed at establishing opportunities for continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD), as …