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Haiti’s Long Road to Recovery from the January 2010 Earthquake

  • July 12, 2010

Six months after the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, families still mourn 230,000 victims of the disaster. Squalid tent cities in and around Port-au-Prince are still home to one million men, women and children – others have fled quake-damaged cities altogether. Over 300,000 people were injured during disaster; many lost limbs, others sustained serious injuries from which they will never recover. Medicines and supplies were ruined in the disaster; what remained was quickly depleted by throngs of earthquake survivors.   Click here to view the complete Haiti six month summary (PDF) »

In response, AmeriCares has committed $50 million in aid to help rebuild Haiti’s heath care system in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake. Our relief efforts include sending medicines and medical supplies and supporting health care facilities serving the people of Haiti.

Since the devastating earthquake struck, AmeriCares has delivered $30 million worth of lifesaving and essential medical aid. We’ve put critical medicines, supplies and surgical equipment in the hand of caring doctors and nurses with over 60 health care partners throughout earthquake-affected communities. What’s more, we’ve supplied more than 190 volunteer medical teams with medicines and supplies as they traveled to Haiti to provide care for thousands of men, women and children with nowhere else to seek treatment.

AmeriCares has a comprehensive multi-year plan that addresses both the immediate and health care needs of earthquake survivors.

“AmeriCares knows from experience the need will not diminish in the months and years ahead,” said Curt Welling, President and CEO of AmeriCares. “That’s why AmeriCares will be there for the long term, delivering relief supplies and helping rebuild Haiti’s health care system.”

AmeriCares relief efforts and rehabilitation plans:

  • Delivering medical assistance to meet health care priorities, control infectious diseases and treat waterborne diseases;
  • Providing aid for maternal and child health, as well as protecting orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Rebuilding hospitals and health clinics damaged in the earthquake;
  • Increasing access to health care and medical treatments;
  • Establishing training and education programs for health care workers.

AmeriCares has been working in Haiti since 1984, delivering medicines and supplies to health care providers throughout the country. Those deep roots have enabled our emergency response team to navigate the challenging environment and overcome transportation issues in order to increase access to medicines for the Haitian people in both rural and urban areas. 

Click here to view the complete Haiti six month summary (PDF) »

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