Photo: RMF Haiti Project Coordinator, Dr. Patrick Dupont in Haiti
February 8, 2012
by RMF Haiti Project Coordinator, Dr. Patrick Dupont
Haiti Health Cluster Bulletin:
Cholera and Post-Earthquake Response in Haiti: April 15th, 2011
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.
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BBC news reporting that while Haiti missed the brunt of the Hurricane Tomas storm, the flooding that followed the heavy rains has greatly increased the risk of a large cholera outbreak in the capital, with more than 70 cases reported in Port-au-Prince, and more than 540 people killed in the areas outside of the capital that were first affected.
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Haiti is bracing itself for Tropical Storm Tomas and the heavy rains that are due to follow. Refugees are being advised to leave the tent camps but have nowhere to go.
From BBC news:
Haiti has been placed on high alert as a powerful storm sweeps in, threatening thousands of earthquake survivors still living in camps.
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.