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21 Dec 2010 description
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By Chris Herlinger

Next month, the world's attention will once again focus intensely on Haiti.

Journalists covering the one-year anniversary of the earthquake will ask the inevitable questions about successes and continued challenges.

In Haiti's overall difficult social and political context, ACT Alliance will be able to point to both.

14 Dec 2010 description
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Highlights

- Security consultancy has concluded a revised security framework for the ACT Alliance members in Haiti.

- Political turmoil around the election has created a new set of challenges for the humanitarian response.

- The cholera continues to progress and will threaten 200,000 people in the next few months.

- The post-earthquake emergency, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities continue with an increase in the present funding level required to meet the planned activities, as well as meet the additional challenges brought by the current context

08 Dec 2010 description
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By Maria Halava, ACT Alliance

Haitians have been tested well beyond what most people can be reasonably expected to endure. Their country was struggling to recover from the January 12 earthquake when hurricane Tomas hit. Then a cholera epidemic spread from province to province.

Even before the earthquake, many Haitians lived with insurmountable problems.

One of these is Mireille Emerival, a mother of two boys - and a widow.

11 Nov 2010 description

Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.

"The water is knee-deep inside our houses, and we have nothing. What kind of life is this?" ask residents of Cité Soleil, one of the largest slum areas of the country's capital Port au Prince.

"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress.

11 Nov 2010 description
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Tomas

According to the Civil Protection Direction, DPC, Hurricane Tomas caused 21 deaths and made 6,610 people homeless. 48,235 people were evacuated of which 24,212 sought refuges in 75 temporary shelters. To date the DPC has reported 2,008 houses destroyed and 5,336 damaged. With planning figures of 100,000 affected families, the impact was less consequential than originally thought. The department of Grande Anse was the most affected with the destruction of 70 to 90 percent of its farm land.

10 Nov 2010 description
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Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.

"The water is knee-deep inside our houses, and we have nothing. What kind of life is this?" ask residents of Cité Soleil, one of the largest slum areas of the country's capital Port au Prince.

"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress.

08 Nov 2010 description

Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.

"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress. Nobody deserves to live in such conditions. This is no life," says Rosemene Princiville from the entrance to her house: a tattered tent, inside which float clothes and a few other belongings in the stinking, metre-deep floodwater that has engulfed the surrounding area.

07 Nov 2010 description
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by Susan Barry and Maria Halava in Haiti

After Hurricane Tomas moved away from Haiti on Friday, it left the centre of the city of Léogâne flooded, with the depth of water as high as 1 metre in places. Many who have been living in tents since the earthquake in January lost their shelters and their belongings.

04 Nov 2010 description
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Geneva, November 4, 2010

1. Brief description of the emergency

Tropical Storm Tomas, which has already affected the Windward Islands of St Lucia and St Vincent, is expected to reach Haiti, possibly in the form of a Category 1 hurricane.

04 Nov 2010 description
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Port-au-Prince. As Haiti braces itself for heavy rains, storm surges and flooding the length of the country, ACT Alliance members are evacuating people from the camps they have called home since the January earthquake.

24 Oct 2010 description
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Port-au-Prince, 24 October 2010

Cholera outbreak situation overview and ACT members' activities:

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the cholera outbreak in the Departement of Artibonite and the Central Plateau. More than 3,000 persons were hospitalized and 253 have died. A total of five cases were diagnosed in Port-au-Prince, all had travelled from the Artibonite. The Ministry of Health is in the process of starting a public campaign to prevent further spread.

30 Sep 2010 description
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Appeal Target: US$ 45,910,403

Balance requested: US$ 20,897,978

Geneva, 30 September 2010

The strongest earthquake in Haiti in more than 200 years, of magnitude 7.0 struck Haiti on January 12 at 16h53, with the epicenter located 15 km south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince. The nearby cities of Carrefour and Jacmel, as well as other areas to the west and south of Port-au-Prince, were also affected. It left 222,570 people killed and the number of injured estimated at 200,000 people.

08 Jul 2010 description
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Six months after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the country is recovering slowly from the massive consequences caused by the quake. Emergency phase has been more time consuming than expected and many Haitians are still in need of emergency aid.

"ACT Alliance has assisted more than 341 000 people since the earthquake hit Haiti.

29 Jun 2010 description
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Geneva, 29 June 2010

Country situation overview (based on OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin 5, 19 June 2010 and information reported by ACT member organisations from their respective project sites):

The Haitian Interim Reconstruction Commission, jointly chaired by former US President Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, met for the first time on June 17 in Port-au-Prince. The aim of the Commission is to ensure coordinated, effective planning and implementation of Haiti's recovery and reconstruction efforts following the 12 January earthquake.

04 Jun 2010 description
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Country situation overview (based on OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin 3 and information reported by ACT member organisations from their respective project sites):

Current emergency related figures indicate over 2 million people affected, 188,383 destroyed or damaged houses of which 66,667 have been assessed, 1.5 million people displaced, 1241 spontaneous settlement sites, and 4758 schools damaged or destroyed, representing 85 percent of schools in the affected areas.

As a first step and pilot project in a broader strategy for relocation processes in Port-au-Prince, people now living in …

20 May 2010 description
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Information on ACT members by sectors:

A revision of the appeal has been planned for mid-May 2010. After discussions at the ACT Haiti Forum on 17 May, it was agreed by most, but not all, of the requesting members to postpone the revision until the monitoring mission had taken place.

The appeal revision will be done in two phases. Requesting members that have already sent their proposal or wish to send it earlier are welcome to do so until 27 May 2010. The final deadline for sending the revised proposal is 15 June 2010.

Monitoring visit is planned for 7 June to 12 June.

03 May 2010 description
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Information on ACT members by sectors:

Communications and Advocacy

During the past two weeks, all ACT member organizations have been contacted about their communication and advocacy work including the headquarters of those members, which do not have any communications/advocacy advisor in Haiti. Individual meetings/discussions with each organization will help to provide a mapping on present and future issues planned by ACT members and their partners.

06 Apr 2010 description
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Geneva, 6 April 2010

General situation (OCHA Sitrep, 31 March 2010)

- According to a survey carried out by Oxfam in Haiti, over 60% of respondents thought the quality and efficiency of aid distribution by international NGOs was positive.

29 Mar 2010 description
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General situation (OCHA Sitrep 31, as at 24 March 2010)

- Some 200 families have moved into the first transitional site, Santo 17, set up for the relocation of populations in sites prioritized for decongestion.

- The Emergency Shelter Cluster has provided emergency shelter materials to over 74% of the targeted 1.3 million people.

- FAO has scaled up its operations to reach 108,000 farmers, including 68,000 during the spring planting season in the south and 40,000 during the summer planting season in Artibonite through newly reallocated European Union funds.

- WFP is providing …