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11 Apr 2011 description
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Amélie Gauthier

La question de la relocalisation des déplacés des camps se fait pressante.

10 Apr 2011 description
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Amélie Gauthier

The eviction of displaced people from camps is now a pressing issue.

31 Jan 2011 description
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Cassandra Phillips

Résumé exécutif

En Haïti, Handicap International estimait que 800 000 personnes vivaient avec une incapacité avant le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010; elles étaient parmi les plus pauvres du pays. Depuis le séisme, le nombre de personnes handicapées a augmenté dramatiquement, ce qui exerce encore plus de pression sur des infrastructures déjà fragiles. Plusieurs enfants nouvellement handicapés ont aussi perdu leurs parents et leur maison, et les personnes handicapées qui s'entassaient auparavant à Port-au-Prince se sont déplacées vers la périphérie, où …

31 Jan 2011 description
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by Cassandra Phillips

Executive summary

In Haiti, Handicap International estimated that 800,000 people were living with disabilities before the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake; they were among the poorest in the country. With the quake, the number of people with disabilities has increased dramatically, putting an even greater strain on an already weak infrastructure. Many newly-disabled children have also lost their parents and their homes, and the disabled previously congested in Port-au-Prince have shifted into outlying regions where services are scarce.

07 Apr 2010 description
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Cassandra Phillips, Steven Estey and Mary Ennis

It is expected that the number of persons living with physical disabilities will continue to rise.

When the world was attentive to the shocking reports and images out of Haiti in the aftermath of the January earthquake, nothing was heard about what was happening to people already living with disabilities.

When the injured were dug out from the rubble, many were horrified to discover that hundreds of amputations were performed under canvas, without proper equipment.

22 Mar 2010 description
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FOCAL Views: Thinking through Haiti

Critical and creative thinking is essential to guide reconstruction.

Haiti is famous for its proverbs; most require some knowledge of the country to truly appreciate them. There is, however, one that is understood universally and instantly: "In Haiti, everything is a priority."

After the earthquake, what had already been acute challenges are now more complex and more resourcedemanding, and will require action beyond past efforts. This reality is not recognized by all.