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Haiti: Emergency Relief for Earthquake Survivors
Earthquake in HaitiThe worst earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere’s poorest country.
The quake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince, the most densely populated part of Haiti.
Providing Disaster ReliefWe are working closely with our partners in Haiti to meet these urgent needs of women and their families in this crisis:
1. We are raising funds for emergency medical supplies, broad-spectrum antibiotics, water purification tablets and food. We heard a report this morning that 90 percent of the population of Port-au-Prince is now homeless. We are working to supply tents as temporary shelters.
2. We are collaborating with organizations in the US (Partners in Health and Circle of Health International) to send teams of care workers, including Creole-speakers and reproductive healthcare providers.
3. We are working to send support to women’s human rights defenders. We are hearing reports of a horror that often accompanies disasters like this – namely, an upsurge of violence against women. It's critical that women human rights defenders in Haiti have the support they need to help survivors and reach out to women who are trying to keep themselves and their children safe in the chaos that has gripped Port-au-Prince.
4. It is critical that women have opportunities to communicate with the international community to talk about what is happening to them. We are working with press and with women's organizations on the ground to create such opportunities for women in Haiti.
Zanmi Lasante's Earthquake ReliefMADRE is partnering with Zanmi Lasante Clinic to get emergency supplies to Haiti.
Zanmi Lasante is one of Haiti's largest nongovermental health care providers – and the only clinic that delivers comprehensive primary care, regardless of people's ability to pay.
Thanks to its deep roots in the community and its years of experience confronting the frequent disasters that plague Haiti, Zanmi Lasante knows what to do in this crisis. They immediately identified the most urgent needs of women and families devastated by the earthquake and began mobilizing direct aid, such as bandages, broad-spectrum antibiotics and other medical supplies, as well as water tablets to prevent cholera outbreaks.
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