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Dominic MacSorley and Laurie Richardson are part of Concern’s team on the ground in Haiti. In the video below they give an update on our response.

Previous update: 29 January

Susan Finucane is part of Concern’s team on the ground in Haiti.

Previous update: 20 January

The trauma caused by the earthquake has left many mothers unable to breast feed. So we are setting up special tents for them and their babies, providing support and enriched food. We are helping 1,000 malnourished children and their mothers.

Clean water

We are setting up 10,000 litre bladder tanks of water. The first in an area, where there are 6,500 people.

Emergency supplies

We are distributing emergency medical supplies to health clinics.

19 January

Emergency supplies

Within the first 48 hours of the earthquake, we conducted rapid assessments of the worst affected areas, including 10 health centres where Concern was working.

On 13 and 14 January, we distributed medical supplies, emergency food and water to the State University Hospital.

We also distributed pick axes (to clear rubble), surgical gloves, disinfectant, water purification tablets, drinking water and first aid supplies to community leaders who are managing displaced sites in Saint Martin and Martissant, two of the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince.

Full-scale response

We have now started a full scale response in St Martin and Martissant. This involves:

  • Water distributions (for 50,000 people)
  • Clean-up campaign (a cash-for-work programme)
  • Soap distribution (15,000 people) 
  • Temporary latrines (15,000 people)
  • Shelter (tents and plastic sheeting for around 25,000 people)

For more details, see this report from our US office (pdf)

What we are planning

We are also starting a six month emergency recovery and rehabilitation programme, targeting 150,000 people.

Malnutrition is a huge potential problem. So we are setting up seven emergency nutrition sites to treat 2,500 children up to the age of one. Three further nutrition centres will treat 1,800 children under the age of five, providing food and counselling.

30,000 people will also receive tents and plastic sheeting.

Access to water and sanitation

We will be:

  • Installing 11 tanks with a capacity of 135,000 litres per day
  • Distributing water, jerry cans and water purification tablets to 50,000 people
  • Installing 300 latrines for 15,000 people
  • Distributing soap to 15,000 people

Cash injection

  • We will be giving 10,000 women a cash allowance of $75 dollars
  • 10,000 men will receive cash for clean up and sanitation work, working three days per week for three months

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