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12 Jan 2015 description

Five years after the devastating Haiti earthquake killed more than 220,000 people, close to 1.4 million out of the 1.5 million displaced are no longer living in makeshift camps.

However far too many Haitians continue to live with in the aftermath of the unprecedented disaster. Last September more than 85,000 people were still living in 123 camps, many facing the risk of eviction.

Tragically Haiti remains one of the most unequal countries in the world with the richest one percent owning the same wealth as 45 percent of the poorest population.

30 Mar 2014 description

This year the DEC has launched an extremely important appeal for Syria, and continued its work in three major responses: East Africa, Pakistan and Haiti, each of which was amongst our very largest appeals.

In East Africa, where a lethal combination of drought, conflict and environmental failure caused the first famine of the 21st century, DEC funded work has reached over 2.3m people. The huge humanitarian effort in the region has been broadly successful but the crisis has highlighted serious issues with the world’s ability to respond to very clear early warnings of disaster.

28 Feb 2013 description

This report assesses the protection work of member agencies and how they dealt with accountability issues during the earthquake response. It was produced by lead authors Eric James and Julie R. Dargis who are independent consultants and was based on research carried out in and around Port au Prince in Haiti in January 2013. The study reached five main conclusions:

NGO staff were aware of the issues and sought practical approaches to providing protection and ensuring accountability.

31 Dec 2012 description


Surrounded by shattered buildings and a massive concrete wall pock-marked by shell holes and small bullet craters, I met Malaika Issack. What could drive anyone to seek shelter in a city like Mogadishu, scarred by twenty years of war?

03 Jan 2012 description

Using DEC funds our member agencies have provided assistance to over 1.8million earthquake survivors in Haiti.

29 Jul 2011 description

DEC launches new website and publishes annual report

The DEC has today launched a new website that will help donors see how their money is being spent and encourage more giving.

The site has been built by SiftGroups and incorporates more rich media content such as video, slideshows and interactive maps. It also includes greater social media integration and the opportunity for visitors to discuss and comment on the DEC’s work.

07 Mar 2011 description

DEC shares urban disaster lessons from Haiti

An independent report commissioned by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has warned that the world should expect three to five big urban disasters in the next 10 years.

Urban Disasters - Lessons from Haiti said more preparation for these disasters was needed now and also highlighted practical lessons that should guide future urban disaster responses.

It said it was particularly important to work closely with local traders, businesses, communities and government following such disasters.

10 Jul 2010 description

Nearly six months after 12 January's devastating earthquake in Haiti the Disasters Emergency Committee has announced that it has raised £101m and that this money has so far funded emergency assistance to 1.2m people.

DEC Member Agencies have played a major role in meeting the most urgent needs of survivors but helping provide jobs, decent places to live and better public services remains an enormous challenge.

Over £30m has been spent already with the largest share of the money paying for water and sanitation (28%), emergency shelter (22%), livelihoods support (16%) and household …

22 Apr 2010 description

An unprecedented aid effort in Haiti has reached more than two million survivors in the first 100 days since 12 January's devastating earthquake. Workers from aid agencies, the UN, government and ordinary Haitians pulled themselves out of the ruins of their homes and offices, buried their dead and started helping others. The initial bottlenecks in getting aid into the country by land, sea and air have been increasingly overcome with the trickle of aid arriving in the first weeks quickly turning into a torrent.

04 Feb 2010 description

Lessons learnt after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami show that the international community must not rush into a quick-fix rebuilding of permanent homes, schools and other buildings in Haiti, said the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today.

If necessary, rebuilding should be delayed to leave time for proper planning, so that reconstruction leaves the Haitian people better protected from hurricanes and earthquakes than they were before the January 12th earthquake.

Brendan Gormley, Chief Executive of the DEC, said: "Right now the Haitian people need good quality …

01 Feb 2010 description

Member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) are starting to give cash to earthquake survivors in Haiti to buy much-needed supplies and boost the crippled economy.

Assessment teams from Oxfam have discovered there is enough food being produced in Haiti but hundreds of thousands of people left homeless have no money to buy it.

28 Jan 2010 description

The lives of thousands of expectant mothers in Haiti and the lives of their unborn babies are at risk after the earthquake left the healthcare system in tatters, leaving the women with no choice but to deliver their babies in emergency camps.

Around 37,000 pregnant women are living in the earthquake-hit region.

28 Jan 2010 description

The DEC has announced that the wonderful generosity of the UK public means its members now have the money they need to fund their short term emergency aid efforts in Haiti.

26 Jan 2010 description

Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have topped =A350m exactly two weeks since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti.

25 Jan 2010 description

Donations continue to flood into the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) almost two weeks on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

22 Jan 2010 description

One week since the first Disasters Emergency Committee broadcast appeal, the DEC Haiti Earthquake appeal has increased to £42 million in donations counted so far. This is a £4 million increase since yesterday.

21 Jan 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee has announced that they have received =A338 million in donations counted so far, less than a week since the first DEC broadcast appeal.

With vital aid now getting through in larger quantities, the public's donations will help to save and rebuild lives across Haiti.

20 Jan 2010 description

Member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee are calling for the international focus to remain on reuniting children who have lost their families during the earthquake in Haiti rather than adopting them out of the country.

The agencies are calling for an immediate moratorium on any new adoptions of children left on their own following last week's devastating earthquake until full extended family tracing and reunification has been completed.

They said any hasty new adoptions would risk permanently breaking up families, causing long-term damage to already vulnerable …

20 Jan 2010 description

Exactly one week after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal total has increased to =A331.5million counted so far as the public responds to desperate need of Haiti's survivors.

In the middle of an extremely challenging aid operation where many survivors are already terrified of aftershocks the news of today's tremors are of grave concern.

19 Jan 2010 description

Nearly a week after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal total has increased to =A325million counted so far as the public responds to desperate need of Haiti's survivors.

Since yesterday, DEC member agencies work has included:

- Christian Aid and its partners have set up tent hospitals and are providing medical equipment and supplies to the Haitian refugees injured by the earthquake at the Haitian border in Jimani.