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Haiti Earthquake: 9 years on, HI continues to ensure access to rehabilitation services for the most vulnerable

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Haiti

Since the huge earthquake hit Haiti on 12th January 2010, Humanity & Inclusion has continued to work alongside the victims and provide assistance, in particular high quality rehabilitation services.

A prosthetic and orthotic workshop supported by HI.

A prosthetic and orthotic workshop supported by HI. | © Nadia Todres/HI

On 12th January 2010, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake which killed 230,000 people and injured over 300,000 others.

In the wake of this disaster, HI mobilised up to 600 people and deployed unprecedented levels of resources to assist the people affected by the earthquake. The organisation provided an incredible 90,000 people with rehabilitation care, 1,400 people with orthopaedic fitting  and 25,000 people with psychosocial support.

Sustainable projects

Nine years after the earthquake, the organisation continues to support the Haitian population by developing long-term projects.

"In 2010, when the earthquake hit Haiti, there were hardly any rehabilitation services in the country. With support from HI, the first training course for rehabilitation technicians was set up after the earthquake"

"This means people can now access rehabilitation therapy sessions in different centres. HI continues to support health structures, making rehabilitation centres accessible to all and providing qualified medical staff," explains Sibille Buehlmann, HI's Rehabilitation Technical Coordinator in Haiti.

In August 2015, 72 rehabilitation students received their qualifications. Today, HI continues to train rehabilitation technicians, improve the skills of physiotherapists, and facilitate access to quality rehabilitation services in hospitals and communities. HI also provides support  to health structures.

HI is working on a range of other projects to support vulnerable groups:

  • The organisation supports around 450 people – especially people with disabilities to help them build their confidence and improve their skills, develop an economic activity or undertake paid employment, earn a living and better provide for their families.
  • HI raises awareness of the dangers on the road for Haitian population and school children and teaches safe behaviours to public transport drivers. HI also conducts advocacy work with the authorities and Haitian society as a reminder of the importance of preventing road accidents.
  • Finally, in a country where a part of the population lives in isolated and remote areas where very little aid has reached, HI works with the most vulnerable and isolated families so that they can prepare for and protect themselves against natural disasters.

Intervening in emergencies

Alongside its development projects, Humanity & Inclusion also mobilises its teams each time a natural disaster occurs. In particular, HI came to the assistance of the victims of hurricaine Matthew in September 2016, providing rehabilitation, emergency response and hygiene kits, a logistics platform, and more.

Our response to the 2010 earthquake

  • HI, already operating in the country when the earthquake hit, provided rehabilitation care to over 90,000 people and orthopaedic fitting for 1,400 people.
  • HI distributed over 5,000 wheelchairs, crutches and walking frames to people with disabilities affected by the disaster.
  • The organisation also provided over 25,000 people with psychosocial support.
  • HI's teams also built over 1,000 shelters for extremely vulnerable families.
  • HI also supplied over 20,000 tonnes of aid for people affected by the disaster.
Date published: 09/01/19

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