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25 Oct 2010 description

Contact: Therese Gales, 800-875-7060; ThereseG@archq.org  

Minneapolis, MN (October 25, 2010)-More than 250 people have died after a cholera outbreak struck central Haiti. American Refugee Committee relief teams are working around-the-clock to make sure that the disease does not spread to the nearly 1.3 million people living in more densely populated camps in Port-au-Prince.

"For many months we have been conducting campaigns to promote safe hygiene practices and to stop the spread of disease in the four main camps where we are …

27 Jan 2010 description

Four plane loads of emergency medical and shelter supplies arrived yesterday and today in Port-au-Prince. This morning, we started distributing FEMA-grade tarps at Terraine D'Acra settlement and will continue until all 5,000 people there have shelter.

Terraine D'Acra is an area of the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince. We have been working closely with local leaders to coordinate our response.

We also opened a health clinic at the settlement today.

25 Jan 2010 description

The American Refugee Committee medical team began arriving in Haiti over the weekend. They immediately got to work, helping care for over 150 patients at a makeshift field hospital. It is being run out of an orphanage called Love the Child in Fond Parisien, near the Dominican Republic border.

The doctor in charge of patient care had been working 24/7 since the earthquake. Our doctors were able to relieve him so he could get some much-needed rest.

They are providing crucial follow-up care for people who have had amputations and other operations.

23 Jan 2010 description

The American Refugee Committee's emergency response team is on the ground in Haiti, bringing relief to some of the millions who were devastated by last week's earthquake. We've flown in experts from all over the world in health, sanitation, water, protection, security, and logistics. They are working around the clock to reach as many people as possible, as quickly and effectively as possible. We are working on the Dominican Republic border, where many have fled, and in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince. It was home to 450,000 people and has been completely destroyed.

13 Jan 2010 description

Minneapolis, MN (13 January 2010)-On Tuesday, a major earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Thousands of people have died, and many more have lost their homes.

The American Refugee Committee is deploying an emergency response team that will arrive in Port-au-Prince by Thursday morning. Senior Director of Programs Monte Achenbach, who previously lived and worked in Haiti, will lead the team's efforts on the ground. Top priorities include assessing the situation on the ground and planning a coordinated response in conjunction with other relief organizations.