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17 Dec 2013 description
report AlertNet

Anastasia Moloney

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Americas. Around three-quarters of the country’s 10 million inhabitants live on less than $2 per day, which means that when Haitians get sick, many can’t afford the transportation to reach a local clinic or the medicines and healthcare they need.

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13 Dec 2012 description
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BOGOTA (AlertNet) – Nearly three years after a major earthquake hit Haiti, political stability remains fragile and reconstruction is slow, while public protests and donor fatigue are growing.

On top of that, a cholera epidemic and a series of natural disasters, from drought to hurricanes, have swept the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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06 Sep 2012 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AlertNet) - A Haitian doctor who runs one of the world’s leading AIDS treatment and research centres believes the biggest single health threat in Haiti today is infectious tuberculosis (TB).

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05 Sep 2012 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AlertNet) - Tucked away in the Haitian capital is one of the world's leading AIDS treatment and research centres.

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04 Sep 2012 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

LEOGANE, Haiti (AlertNet) - Under the shade of a mango tree in a rural community near Leogane, a 90-minute drive from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, Jean Ginette ceremoniously places a metal box with three separate padlocks on a table.

The box acts as a safe and is filled with about $300, the total sum of credit and savings of 24 women and six men who belong to a local village savings and loans association, known as a VSLA.

01 Mar 2012 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AlertNet) – When the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the decision for Haitian-born Nathalie Tancrede to leave behind a successful career in finance in New York was easy. She flew to Port-au-Prince and has not looked back since.

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23 Feb 2012 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AlertNet) - For the past month, Yvenna Calixte has been searching for a room and a way out of the Champ de Mars camp, where she lives with thousands of other Haitians left homeless by the 2010 earthquake.

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26 Jan 2012 description
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This article is part of an AlertNet special report on humanitarian aid: futureofaid.trust.org

LONDON (AlertNet) - From telecoms to finance, online support to aid on the ground, companies are coming up with new ways to help people in humanitarian crises.

Below are some examples of innovative corporate aid projects, often done in partnership with aid agencies.

26 Jan 2012 description
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This article is part of an AlertNet special report on humanitarian aid: futureofaid.trust.org

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) – Just over half of the $5.5 billion pledged in international aid to Haiti after its 2010 earthquake has been disbursed, but how is that money being used and tracked?

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12 Jan 2012 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - Social media and internet-based news were faster than traditional sources of information in tracking the cholera epidemic in Haiti, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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06 Jan 2012 description
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05 Jan 2012 17:52

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - Two years after Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake, more still needs to be done to tackle deteriorating conditions and extensive sexual violence in makeshift camps where over half a million people live, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) said.

Around 520,000 Haitians displaced by 2010’s Jan. 12 quake still live in tents and under tarpaulin across some 800 settlements in the capital Port-au-Prince, according to latest figures from the Geneva-based an intergovernmental organisation.

20 Dec 2011 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - When the earthquake hit Haiti almost two years ago journalist Jane Regan, who was living in Washington at the time, knew she had to return to the Caribbean nation and watch where the aid was going.

Training local journalists to ask tough questions about how the billions of dollars of aid money is spent is a perquisite to building a strong democracy in Haiti, she told AlertNet, a year after co-founding a watchdog that reports on the country’s reconstruction.

13 Dec 2011 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - Aid agencies working in Haiti need to do a better job of talking and listening to the people they are trying to help in order to boost relief efforts and dissipate tensions, experts say.

In the report by infoasaid, a UK government-funded network of media organisations and aid groups focused on improving communication with disaster-affected communities, experts spoke to dozens of Haitians and foreign aid workers.

07 Dec 2011 description
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By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - Almost two years after a massive earthquake hit the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, reconstruction has barely started, with many aid agencies still focused on basic humanitarian needs and containing a cholera epidemic.

Political uncertainty, poor coordination and land tenure issues have hampered reconstruction efforts. Around half a million Haitians still live in camps in worsening conditions.

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22 Nov 2011 description
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BOGOTA (AlertNet) - Violent crime in the Haitian capital has decreased in recent years and less than a quarter of residents view crime as a major problem, according to researchers.

The findings contradict public perceptions and media reports that Port-au-Prince is plagued with crime and gang violence.

However, levels of violence remain disproportionately high in the camps for people displaced by the massive earthquake which hit the city in January 2010. People in the camps are 10 times more likely to report sexual assault as elsewhere.

22 Sep 2011 description
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22 Sep 2011 18:32 Source: Alertnet // Alex Whiting

LONDON (AlertNet) - The international response to humanitarian crises is increasingly seen as “intrusive and disempowering” by communities caught up in disasters, a report on global crises said on Thursday.

02 Sep 2011 description
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By Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - Three Pacific island nations rank among the five countries most at risk of disasters, together with the Philippines and Guatemala, in a new index that measures social vulnerability as well as exposure to natural hazards and climate change.

Vanuatu and Tonga come first and second, with the Solomon Islands in fourth position. These low-lying Pacific island states are in a highly active seismic zone, as well as being under threat from sea-level rise, and judged to be poorly equipped to cope with disasters.

30 Aug 2011 description
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29 Aug 2011 20:31 Source: Alertnet // Anastasia Moloney

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - Haitian President Michel Martelly's struggle to build consensus among lawmakers has created a political deadlock that threatens already slow reconstruction efforts in the earthquake-shattered country.

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29 Jun 2011 description
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By Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - Haitian President Michel Martelly, who came to power in mid-May, must urgently rehouse homeless quake survivors still living in camps nearly a year and a half after the disaster, and meet the basic needs of those who remain in urban slums, says a new report from the International Crisis Group (ICG).

28 Mar 2011 description
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PORT-AU-PRINCE (AlertNet) - Survivors of Haiti's January 2010 earthquake fear that their precarious living conditions are making them more vulnerable to extreme weather like storms, as well as longer-term climate change.

Experts are concerned that the quake-hit nation is in no position to tackle the growing threat from global warming, which could bring more intense hurricanes to the Caribbean region.

"I've noticed the climate changing in Haiti since 1986, and since then, there have been dangerous storms and hurricanes," says Yvelt Chery, an expert with the Centre …