As we approach the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010, it is a sad reminder of how little has actually been done to rebuild Haiti. Only the most basic of healthcare and tent accommodation is available for the 1 Million that are still homeless, and unbelievably only 5% of the rubble created by the earthquake has been cleared.
These are shocking statistics considering over $2 Billion was pledged to the relief efforts, with only 42% of funding has actually been spent and the coordination between the UN and all other aid agencies has been very poor to date.
“The UN has appealed for nearly $164m (£102m) to fight a cholera outbreak in Haiti which has now claimed 724 lives.
UN spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said that unless funds were provided, “all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic”. (BBCNews)
Just in case people have forgotten that very little has actually been done to resolve enormous tent city/homeless situation in Port au Prince, or the fact that the $1 Billion the US promised has yet to materialize due to political games being played in the US Senate….the BBC has checked back in on the situation in Haiti and reviewed a recent report published by Refugees International and is not impressed, here is their not so uplifting update:
In addition to RMF supporting a team of nurses in one of the few remaining small hospitals in Port au Prince, we are continuing to push for a much larger scale health care capacity building project, but as with most initiatives down there dealing with immense funding challenges with very little promised money actually being delivered.