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)
A word from the chair
Partnerships form the big picture
Millions of people have been touched by the work that Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) has done in developing nations all over the world in the last twenty years.
Behind the numbers that mark the breadth and the length of this mission to date, are the stories of those whose lives have been eased of the needless suffering by preventable and treatable conditions, and the many partner organizations that ensure those outcomes.
The only vaccines available at a clinic in Cité-Soleil, the poorest neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, are the tetanus vaccines donated by GlaxoSmithKline through Health Partners International of Canada.
"The staff is very happy to have the vaccines," says Joyce Chiles, Medical Team Coordinator for Samaritan's Purse International Relief, an on-the-ground partner of HPIC. "There is so much debris and rubble that tetanus is a big concern. These vaccines are certainly saving lives."
Five-thousand doses of vaccine were airlifted Feb.
Jan. 13: The pharmaceutical industry is asked to provide medicine for 100 Physician Travel Packs and several larger shipments of medicine - the response is rapid and generous
Jan 18: Two Canadian Medical Assistance Teams have set up an inflatable hospital in Port au Prince and are treating patients with Physician Travel Packs
Jan. 19: A large shipment of medicine from HPIC, including antibiotics and oral rehydration, leaves with UNICEF for their work in Haiti
MONTREAL (January 25, 2010) - The first major shipment of medical aid from Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) arrived at Port-au-Prince Airport accompanied by HPIC President Glen Shepherd on Jan. 23.
"We are grateful to Air Canada for providing free cargo and transportation," Shepherd says. "I was so impressed by the Air Canada crew and staff, all of whom volunteered their time to take down these essential medicines and supplies and to bring back orphans and evacuees.
TORONTO and MONTREAL (Jan. 19, 2010) - The Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) a Canadian-based grassroots disaster relief organization made up of volunteer medical professionals, has set up an inflatable field hospital in Haiti's devastated Leogane region. Patients with fractures and wounds are being treated with Physician Travel Packs (PTPs), containing medicines donated by Canada's pharmaceutical industry through Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).
"The situation on the ground is difficult," says Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC.
Montreal, QC (January 15, 2010) - Health Partners International of Canada has partners on the ground in Haiti, providing medical care to the victims of the humanitarian catastrophe that is wreaking havoc on the battered country.
Canadian healthcare professionals on medical missions will be joined by more teams leaving in the next few days and weeks as the situation permits.