Basic infrastructure, clean water and sanitation are among the great needs facing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and its eleven million people, six million of which are children.
Since the completion of our earthquake recovery programs, we continue to work with local and international NGOs to support access to medicine and medical supplies. We have been a primary, life-saving resource for cholera treatment and prevention in response to the epidemic.
In the year following Hurricane Matthew, our emergency team has worked with the Ministry of Public Health and Population and local partners to assess needs, establish warehouse facilities to handle distribution, coordinate relief efforts and get health care to survivors with mobile medical teams staffed by Haitian physicians and nurses. Our Haiti staff in Port-au-Prince continues coordinating and helping to deliver current and future shipments of aid, which include intravenous fluids to treat cholera and medical supplies to treat storm-related injuries and other ongoing health needs. We are committed to creating pathways to health and opportunity for families throughout the country. Photo: Nadia Todres
On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people, injuring thousands more and destroying critical infrastructure including many schools and health facilities. Over 2 million people were affected and many left homeless. An Americares team was on the ground within 48 hours of the disaster, and within days we began airlifting tons of medicines and supplies to help survivors. We established an office and warehouse, restoring health services and building a stronger, resilient health system throughout Haiti. Working with over 80 local partners, we 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.