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One-MOntH PrOgress RePOrt for the aMerican Red

One-MOntH PrOgress RePOrt for the aMerican Red

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January 2010 Haiti eartHquake
February 12, 2010
One-MOntH PrOgress rePOrt fOr tHe aMerican red crOss resPOnse
On January 12, 2010, a series ofearthquakes ranging from magnitude6.5 - 7.3 struck the island nation of Haiti,killing an estimated 200,000 people, andforcing 3 million Haitians to cope with theloss of loved ones, homes, schools andlivelihoods. The earthquakes and theiraftershocks, which repeatedly hit justoutside the country’s capital city Port-au-Prince, reduced most buildings to rubbleand left an estimated 1.2 million peopleinstantly homeless. It is a monumental
catastrophe, inicting massive damage
and suffering in Haiti—already the poorestcountry in the Western Hemisphere.
Once the rst quake ended, the American
Red Cross began working around theclock to provide emergency relief andassistance to survivors. One month later,the Red Cross has reached hundredsof thousands more with relief supplies,food, medical services, water, sanitationsupport and shelter.View photosshowing the many ways support from the
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The global Red Cross network isresponding on a massive scale—morethan 600 Red Cross and Red Crescentworkers from 30 nations are in Haititoday supporting thousands of Haitianvolunteers. The international reliefoperation has involved more emergencyresponse teams than any other single-country disaster in Red Cross history.Each Red Cross team has its own roleand expertise, and we collectively form apowerful engine of relief.Watch a videocapturing activities at the Red Cross base camp in Haiti, from which hundreds ofrelief workers are mounting this historic,coordinated response.More than 100 people are representing
the American Red Cross in Haiti:30 specialists are responding through
activities like relief distribution andtelecommunications support
14 employees, who were permanently
based in Haiti prior to the earthquake,are helping to guide the response
More than 50 Creole-speaking
interpreters are stationed offshoresupporting a military hospital ship,the USNS
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In addition to deploying relief workers andother disaster management specialists,
the American Red Cross is providing:Relief supplies for 130,000 people,
including blankets, kitchen sets,hygiene kits, water containers andmosquito nets
Three million pre-packaged meals
to the United Nations World FoodProgramme
Funding to help feed an additional 1
million people for a month
More than 1 million water-purication
distribution process.To meet the dire need for clean water,the global Red Cross network hascollectively provided 17 million liters,reaching approximately 300,000 peopleper day, since the earthquake. In addition,to address sanitation needs and reducethe spread of disease, relief workers areconstructing hundreds of latrines andportable toilets as well as collecting tonsof garbage in and around Port-au-Prince.
The earthquake destroyed many of thehospitals and healthcare facilities in Port-au-Prince. To help meet the needs of thehundreds of thousands injured and pre-vent the spread of diseases common afterdisasters of this scale, Red Cross teams
from around the world partnered to:Establish two eld hospitals and
four mobile healthcare clinics, whichare providing medical services toapproximately 1,600 patients per day
Support a government-led
immunization and hygiene promotioncampaign that will initially help protectand educate more than 250,000childrenRead about other ways the Red Cross ishelping children in Haiti, including a four-year-old boy named Joe.
Additionally, the American Red Cross has:Provided nearly 750 units of blood for
earthquake survivors
Funded $600,000 worth of food for the
mobile clinics
More than 1 million people in Haiti are inneed of shelter. In coordination with otherrelief agencies, the Red Cross aims toaddress this complex situation through a
combination of strategies, including:Providing local families with solutions
that will encourage them to rebuildsafely near their pre-disaster homes
Supporting the needs of host families
who are housing displaced people
Supporting people in post-quake
settlements by providing both tarpsand tents
“The needs are great, but the
generous support of the American
people is making a differenceevery day.”
—Gail McGovern, President and CEO

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