1 year ago, a 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. An estimated 230,000 people lost their lives, thousands more were gravely injured, and a million others were displaced. Even before the earthquake, Haiti suffered from crushing poverty and a weak infrastructure. The country had now become a massive humanitarian crisis. For many Haitians, the past year has been a daily struggle to rebuild their lives.
The pain of the Haitian people should not be diminished but looking back, we believe we have been able to ease some of their suffering. With the help of our amazing supporters, over the last 12 months we have:
• Conducted more than 156,600 patient consultations. • Established 13 clinics and 7 cholera treatment centers. • Distributed $16.2M in medicines, supplies, services and equipment donated by our in-kind partners. • Screened more than 20,000 children for malnutrition. • Trained and employed 1,300 Haitian health care workers and community mobilizers. • Treated more than 7,500 patients in our cholera treatment centers.
Right now, we are looking toward the future in Haiti. Working hand in hand with the people of Haiti, we’ve expanded our health care services to reach those in need, while implementing critical medical training and education programs. These programs will help Haiti meet its own health care needs in the future, as well as help the Haitian people prepare for future disasters.
The 2010 earthquake was an unprecedented disaster that will undoubtedly affect Haiti for years to come. Although the recovery process will be long, we are committed to improving quality of life, fostering self-reliance, and bringing hope to the Haitian people.
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