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7 September 2012

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles met with Foreign Minister Pierre-Richard Casimir today in the first visit to Haiti by a member of an Australian Government.

Mr Marles said the visit underscored Australia's strengthening relationship with Haiti, and engagement with CARICOM member nations.

"Australia's relationship with Haiti has grown in recent years, as we have worked together on concerns and issues affecting small island developing states," said Mr Marles.

24 Jun 2011 description

A year after the devastating January 2010 earthquake many Haitian children have created songs, poems, drawings and theatrical pieces to thank AusAID for supporting their recovery.

AusAID helped support the recovery by funding 24 physically safe areas for children to learn and play in. They were created under Plan International Haiti's $400,000 Australian contribution to the post-earthquake program.

11 Jan 2011 description

January 12 marks the first anniversary of the massive earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island of Haiti, killing some 250 thousand people and leaving more than one million homeless.

Australia was quick to respond to the disaster, providing $10 million in immediate humanitarian aid and a further $14 million for early recovery and ongoing reconstruction needs.

The Australian public also responded generously to the tragedy, donating $26 million to fundraising appeals launched by Australian NGOs to assist Haiti.

On 17 December 2010, the Secretary General of the Caribbean …

07 Dec 2010 description

Australia is joining the fight to help Haiti combat one of the most severe outbreaks of cholera seen in the last century.

More than 1,700 people have died from the disease since the Haiti Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of cholera on 21 October, with more than 34,000 cases reported.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that Australia is helping reduce deaths and sickness and limit the impact of the cholera outbreak by providing $1 million to the United Nations Haiti Cholera Appeal.

Australia's contribution will be channelled through the United Nations Children's Fund …

08 Oct 2010 description

The wide scale damage caused by the July floods in Pakistan and the staggering loss of life from the Haiti Earthquake earlier this year are a stark reminder of how a single disaster can set back development programs by years and perhaps decades. The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October is an opportunity to focus attention on the work that is and can be done to make communities around the world safer from disasters.

The earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince in January showed just how dangerous a large disaster in an urban area can be.

12 Feb 2010 description

The Government will provide $4.5 million to the United Nations Development Program, including supporting Haiti's recovery following the recent devastating earthquake.

The Prime Minister made this commitment at a meeting today with Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Australia will provide $2.5 million to the UNDP Cash-for-Work program, providing short-term paid employment for the people of Haiti; reversing their plight as they rebuild their lives following this tragic event.

27 Jan 2010 description

The Australian Defence Force's contribution to the relief effort in Haiti commenced today with the initial deployment of Royal Australian Air Force Air Traffic Controllers (ATC).

Two RAAF ATC officers, including the contingent commander Flight Lieutenant Matthew Ferguson-McLellan, departed Sydney this afternoon for Miami and will be joined later this week by three more officers.

23 Jan 2010 description

The Government has approved the deployment of a small team of Defence Air Traffic Controllers to assist efforts in earthquake ravaged Haiti.

The Air Traffic Controllers will augment the United States effort to ensure a synchronised and effective operation.

They are expected to deploy early next week.

The decision was made after a US request for Air Traffic Controllers.

Air Traffic Controllers provide a highly specialised capability to provide the safe and effective control of military and civil aircraft.

RAAF Air Traffic Controllers have deployed with distinction to Baghdad, …

19 Jan 2010 description

Over the last few days it has become clear that the situation in Haiti is dire and as more devastation is discovered outside Port au Prince, the scale of the disaster is increasing.

In response to this and to the United Nation's Flash Appeal launched on the weekend, Australia will provide an additional $5 million to meet urgent and emergency humanitarian needs such as food, water and sanitation, shelter and medical assistance.

The additional assistance in this immediate response phase will include:

- $3 million to The World Food Programme

- $1 million to Australian …

14 Jan 2010 description

Australia will provide an initial $10 million in emergency humanitarian relief and reconstruction assistance in response to the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti close to the capital of Port-au-Prince around 9am (AEST) yesterday, 13 January 2010.

Initial assessments report a large number of casualties and widespread damage with up to five million people adversely affected. The earthquake has brought down buildings including the main hospital.