Disaster Preparedness, Investment In Haiti Will Help Nation Recover From 2010 Earthquake
Devex: Learning the hard way: Lessons from the Haiti earthquake
Ruth Ayarza, regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance
“…Although the United Nations set up clusters around specific themes such as nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene [following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti], no group was established for HIV, leading to an interruption in service delivery. … With more than half of the people living with HIV living in fragile states, we need to do more to link local organizations and networks, including networks of people living with HIV, to national and local disaster preparedness training and systems so that they are fully equipped to respond to the needs of communities at times of conflict and natural disasters…” (1/12).
Huffington Post: 5 Years Later, Haiti Is Embracing Its Potential
John Groarke, USAID/Haiti Mission director
“…At USAID, we’re striving to facilitate this shift [to empower Haitians and further discourage dependency]. … Thanks in large part to USAID and the Centers for Disease Control, the incidence of cholera is down dramatically from the height of the outbreak in 2010 and 2011, and we will continue to work with our Haitian and international partners to monitor, treat, and prevent the disease. … Let’s do our part to help Haitians to consign the cynicism, despair, and hopelessness too often unfairly associated with Haiti to the dustbin of history, along with the remainder of the post-earthquake rubble” (1/12).