Haiti

The first three months – emergency response

Caritas started to send staff, aid and to donate money within hours of the earthquake. Caritas Haiti, Catholic Relief Services (a US member of Caritas) and Caritas Switzerland already had programmes in Haiti. They were on the ground assessing the situation and establishing what immediate needs were from the beginning In the first few months, ...

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Caritas providing long term help to rebuild Haiti

Caritas providing long term help to rebuild Haiti

Close to a year after the earthquake, Caritas relief and reconstruction programmes in Haiti are well-established throughout the country. Caritas will invest more than $217 million in Haiti over a one year period that started in May 2010. This aid will cover further emergency needs caused for example by hurricanes, floods or the cholera epidemic, ...

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Action against Cholera in Haiti

Action against Cholera in Haiti

Preventing the spread of cholera in earthquake-wracked Haiti remains a chief concern for Caritas. New cases of the waterborne disease continue to be reported in much of the country, including the centre, north and northwest, and west. Cholera prevention and hygiene promotion are ongoing throughout the capital Port-au-Prince and in all the affected communities. Haiti ...

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Health care structures needed more than ever in Haiti

Health care structures needed more than ever in Haiti

The health care needs caused by the earthquake were immense. The Haitian health care system was weak even before the earthquake and people too poor to pay for treatment. During the earthquake, many hospitals and clinics were destroyed. Close to 400,000 people have benefitted from Caritas health care programmes so far. These include trauma care, ...

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Helping Haitians to get over traumatising earthquake memories

Helping Haitians to get over traumatising earthquake memories

The shock of the earthquake is over but many people are constantly going through the events in their memory all over again. Precarious living conditions in overcrowded camps or makeshift homes out of rubble, violence and insecurity in the camps, the loss of family and friends, home or work, are putting enormous stress on people. ...

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Prevent diseases through clean water, hygiene and sanitation in Haiti

Prevent diseases through clean water, hygiene and sanitation in Haiti

As many people are still living in overcrowded camps in and around the capital or in highly precarious conditions elsewhere, access to water and the spread of diseases remain an important concern for Caritas. Together with food aid, this sector has been a priority intervention field. Until the end of May, Caritas provided access to ...

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