On January 12, 2010, a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people, injuring thousands and destroying buildings, roads and other critical infrastructure including many schools and health facilities across the region. More than 2 million people were affected, many left homeless.
An AmeriCares team was on the ground within 48 hours of the disaster, and within days we airlifted $6 million in relief supplies, including lifesaving medicines, to help survivors trapped in the rubble and chaos. We established an office and warehouse, restoring health services and building a stronger, resilient health system throughout Haiti.
We’ve worked with more than 160 health care providers and community organizations, delivering more than $97 million in aid, including:
- Enough medicines to fill 3.8 million prescriptions to help people with cholera, diarrhea, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pain, trauma, wounds, respiratory illness, infections, eye diseases, blindness, malnutrition, obstetric emergencies and more.
- More than 2,200 shipments to our partners in Haiti—including medicines, medical supplies, purified water, nutritional supplements, surgical supplies, medical and diagnostic equipment and more.
- Medicines and medical supplies for more than 1,000 volunteer medical trips to provide primary and specialty care to patients in dire need.
Working with over 80 local partners, we have made long-term, sustainable improvements in the health system by expanding health services, controlling cholera and preventing outbreaks, improving maternal and child health, and preparing for future disasters:
- Control cholera and prevent outbreaks: We have invested more than $6.8 million in medicines, supplies and project support to combat cholera in Haiti since the epidemic began. With our support, nearly 465,000 Haitians, including health workers, have learned to lower their risk of the disease, and more than 150 latrines have been repaired or built to improve community sanitation. We have also provided enough fluid replacement for more than 475,000 treatments of patients with severe diarrhea, primarily cholera.
- Improve maternal and child health: In the last five years, we have supported programs and services to improve maternal and child health in Haiti. AmeriCares has also provided ambulances for obstetric emergencies and supported vaccination campaigns, construction of a maternity center and training for midwives in communities where such services were lacking.
- Help Haitians manage chronic disease: AmeriCares has collaborated with local partners to help Haitians manage diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. We have provided enough medicine to fill nearly 675,000 prescriptions for these chronic diseases, medicine worth nearly $21.5 million. Projects include a diabetic foot clinic launched with Fondation Haïtienne de Diabète et de Maladies Cardio-Vasculaires to help prevent painful and crippling complications of diabetes.
- Restore, rebuild and strengthen health services: To strengthen quality health care in Haiti, we collaborated with more than 80 Haitian health organizations. In one project, AmeriCares created a collaborative network of five health institutions serving a population of 290,000 people in very poor communities. With our help, patients from these vulnerable communities have access to quality medical and surgical services they would otherwise never be able to afford. In another project, AmeriCares provided funds and technical assistance to the BRAC Limb and Brace Center; the center handcrafts prosthetics and braces for close to 3,000 patients.
Since the earthquake, AmeriCares medicines, supplies as well as our support for projects and services have reached more than 160 hospitals, clinics and community health programs in all 10 departments. AmeriCares has been delivering aid to Haiti since 1984 in response to both emergencies and chronic poverty.
Our priorities include:
- Treatment and prevention of diarrheal diseases
- Management of non-communicable diseases
- Emergency response and preparedness
Joenne is an 8-year-old miracle girl who survived two deadly crises in Haiti - an earthquake and cholera. A face of hope for Haiti, she is one of the stories of survival that has inspired AmeriCares response and recovery work to help heal the island nation five years after the disaster.
AmeriCares partners with RKLS to provide quality health care services to approximately 50,000 people in rural areas of Western Haiti. The support includes medicines and supplies as well as construction funding for the clinic and its sanitation facilities.
AmeriCares Haiti team has been busy in advance of another active Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1 to November 30) predicted by the National Weather Service. The team has prepositioned cholera medicines and supplies and family preparedness kits to help families in flood-prone communities.
AmeriCares works closely with Project Medishare to help provide critical medical supplies and equipment to help Hôpital Bernard Mevs in Haiti meet the needs of the many people who rely on its services.
“Partnership for a Better Haiti,” a program supported by AmeriCares, focuses on addressing the health needs of young women and adolescent girls through prevention and support activities.
Four years after the devastating Haiti earthquake, AmeriCares remains firmly on the ground – with a clear plan of action to bring health and healing to people still struggling in the aftermath
A teenager who lost his legs in the 2010 Haiti earthquake is able to walk again, with prosthetic legs from the AmeriCares-supported BRAC Limb and Brace Center in Haiti.
As part of an ongoing objective to fight diarrheal disease and cholera in Haiti, AmeriCares provided funding for the construction of a community latrine and hand-washing station for partner clinic Rezo Koze Lasante.
In recognition of World Diabetes Day, AmeriCares supported FHADIMAC’s public campaign in Haiti to screen 1,000 patients and raise awareness about diabetes and hypertension.
Because cholera prevention is a central focus for AmeriCares ongoing work in Haiti, World Hand Washing Day is significant for one clear reason: good hygiene plus good sanitation saves lives.
The AmeriCares Medial Outreach program donated medicines and supplies to aid a short-term medical mission to help school children in Haiti. The team treated the children for wounds, skin infections, and dental cavities and abscesses. Dental care is a significant problem within the school-age population.
Each year, when the rainy season in Haiti prompts a spike in cholera cases, AmeriCares is ready in advance. Since the 2010 cholera outbreak, AmeriCares has delivered more than 325,000 cholera treatments – enough medicines to treat about 150,000 patients -- and supported the training of over 140,000 people in cholera prevention.
Stamford, Conn. – April 18, 2013 – AmeriCares is supplying critical funding and technical support to allow an important limb and brace clinic to continue serving earthquake survivors in Haiti. The BRAC Limb and Brace Centre opened in Port-au-Prince in September 2010 to design and custom fit prosthetic limbs and braces for children and adults injured in the massive earthquake eight months earlier.
An innovative AmeriCares program in Haiti is funding the restoration of an emergency room destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, and providing impoverished patients increased access to top quality specialty care
Since the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak, AmeriCares has delivered more than 325,000 cholera treatments, and supported the training of 140,000 people to help fight this deadly disease.
In Haiti, a successful immunization initiative supported by AmeriCares is producing powerful results: the vaccination rate among women and children in one remote community has jumped from three percent to nearly 90 percent.
In partnership with GHESKIO Center, an eminent AIDS and tuberculosis clinic in Haiti, AmeriCares is providing needed medical aid to treat patients with tuberculosis.
On World Diabetes Day and throughout the year, AmeriCares Haiti is working hard to bring care to the neediest people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses. A recent AmeriCares grant will screen and educate thousands of patients, spread awareness and fund training for health care providers to save lives.
AmeriCares is working with partner icddr,b in a worldwide Global Cholera Preparedness Initiative.