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07 Jan 2015 description

In the aftermath of Haiti's devastating earthquake, five years ago, the country learnt one of the most important ways to keep people alive and healthy: get them to wash their hands. Often and thoroughly.

The earthquake, which reduced Haiti's capital to rubble on 12 January 2010, killed more than 230,000 people and left 1.5 million without a home.

While the international community rushed to assist, no one was prepared for the deadly cholera epidemic that followed.

22 May 2012 description

Haiti's main physical rehabilitation centre will open its doors today for the first time since it was seriously damaged in the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless.

In Port-au-Prince for the opening, David Brown, leader of the Australian Red Cross International Disability Forum, said the centre had been rebuilt with more than $2 million in support from the global Red Cross Movement, including $700,000 from Australian Red Cross.

27 Dec 2011 description

Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2011

Peter Giugni will be setting up the ICRC's first regional office in Afghanistan's volatile Khost province. A world away from the turkey and tinsel of an Antipodean Christmas, Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.

15 Jan 2010 description

Australians have pledged nearly $400,000 through the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake 2010 Appeal in less than 24 hours.

By mid afternoon today, more than 3,000 people had made donations to the appeal, which was launched yesterday afternoon in support of Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in the devastated capital of Port au Prince and surrounds.

Donna McSkimming, Head of the International Program, said the response from Australians had been impressive and thanked the public for its generosity to date.

We know that Australians have a history of being generous in times of emergency, …

14 Jan 2010 description

Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to support the Haitian communities devastated by yesterday's earthquake.

The earthquake, which registered 7.3 on the Richter scale, has left thousands dead and up to three million injured, homeless or increasingly vulnerable.

Donna McSkimming, Head of International Program, said money raised by the Appeal will support emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery activities for communities affected by the disaster.